Barista 1: Oh my God, you guys. I am seriously so tired today. I don’t know what my issue is. I don’t drink coffee and I’ve had two shots of espresso and it’s still not working for me.
Barista 2: Hey, all! I’m tossing this coffee that’s been sitting. I’m going to make fresh Pike Roast to replace it.
Barista 1: RACHEL! There are tired people in this world. Why are you throwing out coffee!?
I love snippets of conversations. It is one of my favorite things about life. I don’t people watch. I listen. I grab little bits of things strangers say to each other and throw them into the mouths of my own creations when I write. It makes my characters feel more tangible and real. But when they say these silly things I hear on the street they also bring me back to a rainy day on the subway or a bright summer morning at the coffee shop. In a way, they help me remember the insignificant moments that I too often take for granted.
So don’t stop and smell the roses. Listen to the voices around you and see if you can’t find your character’s next quip.