Character Types: The Attention Seeker

Story Empire

Hey SE Readers. Joan with you today. I love character-driven fiction. All stories need a good plot, but when characters are flat, the story falls flat with me. This is the first of a series of posts about different character types. All are from my personal observations.

One of my favorite pastimes is people watching. Sitting in a shopping mall or airport is often best, but you can observe people anywhere—restaurants, sporting events, community gatherings, family get-togethers. If possible, I like to have a notebook or something to make notes in.

Back in my “want to be a writer” days, I kept a writing journal. Most of it was commiserating about what I wanted to happen, but occasionally I’d record observations. Here’s an entry from 2009.

“I’m at the coffee shop enjoying a warm fire, a cup of cinnamon cocoa, Aussie bites, and music. It’s a great place to observe…

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