I’ve written before about open window season and the various things — animals, cars, and people — you overhear. In New York, a cold front brought our windows to a close this weekend, but not before I began to think, in particular, about the conversations I’ve been privy to. Hearing fragments makes it impossible not to speculate about the rest of the story, and I’m sure I’m not the only writer who draws inspiration from these random sources. Who is “he”? What happened last year? Is she, in fact, being clingy? I’ve never based an entire piece on something overheard, but I’ve definitely incorporated characters and voices.
Do you incorporate “found objects” into your own writing?