Sunglasses or a Wide Brimmed Hat?

After a few weeks of feeling a little out of sorts, a bit like the spiral on the left, I am back out in the world and looking for new inspiration for my writing. What better way to do this than to be a nosy parker (sometimes spelled, nosey parker) or as I like to call it a Discreet Observation Moment (DOM)?

I love looking at weird and wonderful buildings and deciding what type of person lives there, as well as events that could have secretly taken place within its walls – the mind boggles with glee. The imagination stirred on a recent DOM mission when I stood in front of this building.

I quickly fixed my oversized sun-glasses in place as the investigative five ‘W’s leapt into action: what? Why? Who? Where? When? Numerous plots for a variety of stories materialised.

Nic’s Tip: When on a DOM mission, or just being a big nosy parker (sometimes spelled, nosey parker), wear dark sunglasses or a wide brimmed hat!

Do you have any other tips for being discreet when gathering writing material?
















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  1. My tip is not to lean too far back in your chair when listening in to other people's conversation in a cafe/restaurant.

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  2. That's a good one, Lynne. It could end in a rather embarrassing situation if the chair legs are those flimsy metal things - a Bridget Jones moment comes to mind :)

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  3. why be discreet. I like the obvious approach. :)

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    1. :) hmmm.. don't you hide behind your camera Mac? :):) Hope all is well in Sunny Land.

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  4. Don't follow people too long, no matter how interesting the conversation. That's partly because a little snippet of their chatter stimulates our imagination, but if we hear the whole story then it's harder to turn it into our story.

    The other reason is you'll either end up getting lost or miss your bus. Trust me, I know.

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    1. That's a great tip Patsy, but I do tend to want to hear the juicy bits :) Wishing you all the best!

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  5. Those buildings are really cool.
    As to how to be discreet, I have no idea. I'm not very good at that.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Alex. Wishing you well with "Dragon of the Stars!" Out now, for anyone reading this :)

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  6. Oh I love love the photos of these old buildings! I would be too distracted looking at their beauty. My favorite place to be nosy is at airports. Everyone stares there so I watch reunions and good-byes. I can sit there all day!

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Terri. Usually, I am usually not attentive in airports, due to being a nervous flyer, but that would be one way to take my mind off things. I'll try that tomorrow - eeeekkk!

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  7. Marvelous buildings. I wonder often if I'm being discreet or not. I usually stand back from situations and watch. I wish I had sunglasses so I wouldn't look quite so obvious!

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    1. Or a wide-brimmed hat, Christine - that works as well but looks rather silly if, like me, your head isn't hat shaped :-) Thanks for commenting. All the best.

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  8. BOTH sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat...although that would probably just call more attention to yourselves. Here in Nashville, female country stars seem to just put on a baseball cap with a ponytail pulled through and some sunglasses. Don't know why but that completely renders them invisible to most people.

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    1. Funny you should say that, a famous film star was walking the streets of London recently, wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses and was asked by a couple if he would take a photo of them together. They had no clue who was taking the pic but there was no fooling the paparazzi who were lurking and took a pic of him taking the photograph :-) Thanks for commenting, Stephanie. Always lovely to 'see' you.

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  9. Public transport is my favourite place for 'discreet observation moments' (i.e. eavesdropping). My best tip is to stare out the window, presumably lost in thought and watching the scenery, but in actuality gathering snippets for future dialogue.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Jen. Hope you are keeping well. I just did a journey to London by coach and met lots of interesting people. The driver was so comical and lovely. He must make an appearance in some form in one of my stories. All the best.

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  10. The sunglasses are a must. I love the picture of the one building on the right. It's so pretty.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Cherie. I recently sat on my sunglasses so must buy another pair :) I hope all is well.

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  11. People watching is one of my favorite things to do, and honestly, I just smile if someone catches me staring. Usually that helps identify me as curious, not snoopy.

    Beautiful buildings!

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    1. A friendly smile is always a winner :) Thank you for popping over to comment, Emily. Lovely to see you. All the best!

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  12. Pretend you are foreign and don't understand the language . That way your prey will talk more freely amongst themselves.

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    1. I do that all the time, Wendy. Works a treat. I was actually in London, yesterday and whilst eating breakfast in the hotel, a German family were having a very interesting conversation behind me in their native tongue - fascinating stuff :) Thank you for commenting. It's always lovely to see you. All the best.

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  13. Fab photos. And I love your advice to wear a disguise - though I am fond of hats so don't need much of an excuse to wear one :0)

    x

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    1. I never used to wear hats, but since becoming a serious writer, it is an invaluable working tool (but it comes with hazzards - especially when the wind is blowing) Thank you for commenting, Suzanne. Wishing you all the best!

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  14. What wonderful buildings you have for inspiration! I find wearing headphones makes people think you are not paying attention but I don't have the headphones on.

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    1. Headphones - what a great idea, especially on a dark windy day when sunglasses and hats would look weird :) Thank you for commenting Kat. All the best!

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  15. I love the buildings in your photos, Nicola, especially the one with all the balconies. I enjoy people watching. Living by the sea, it is easy to do. Sitting on the promenade on a sunny day gives lots of opportunities. As for the sunglasses - well, I wear reacto-lights, so my specs go dark all on their own.

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    1. I would love to live by the sea; even in winter :) Mind you, I would probably be too tempted by the ice-cream and chippies. Thank you for commenting Susanna. It's always lovely to 'see' you.

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  16. I'm not very discreet, I'm afraid. I tend to stare with my mouth hanging open. Very nice shots!

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