I confess. I eavesdrop. I cannot help myself from tuning into the conversations of others going on around me and more so since I started my writing career. Anything I hear is fair game and lots of it ends up in my novels. Luckily for me, I work with one or two very funny people, whose daily banter provides me with excellent, unique ideas for dialogue between my characters. I also hear plenty of smut, too, and it all goes into my data bank for use when I need it. I’ve found this to be such a fantastic resource for the times when I get a little stuck or a character is a little “bland.”
I’m sure all authors listen in to conversations that don’t include them, probably more so than the average person, so for fun, and with you in mind, I did a little googling tonight and found a list on wikihow of how to successfully eavesdrop. I posted a few of my favorites:
Wear shoes that don’t make a lot of noise or don’t wear shoes at all (handy if you’re following people).
Do not wear jewelry, belts, chains, etc. (that could make noise)
Sneak in the back of your target’s car when they are getting ready to go somewhere that you don’t know about (but never shut yourself in where you can’t easily get out, like a trunk. You may suffocate).
Get a pair of iPod headphones, but without the ipod. Put them in your ears tie the end to something in your pocket. You can still hear but they will think you can’t.
Get a book and pretend to read it. Make sure the book is boring so you won’t accidentally start reading it, but don’t go so boring that people will suspect. MAKE SURE YOU TURN THE PAGES!