Saturday, October 13, 2012
What the Robin Knows, by Jon Young, stresses the importance of a “sit spot” for observing and learning bird language and behavior.
Can a sit spot help a writer connect to his/her characters?
According to the Wilderness Awareness School, The Sit Spot is the practice of going to one spot in nature over a period of time.
My first experience with sit spots was at a nature camp in North Carolina’s Piedmont region. The first time I tried this practice, it took me a while to get comfortable on the rocky ground.
Once I stopped thinking about myself, I began to see, hear, and feel the life all around me. As I returned to my sit spot daily, I observed more and more.
As writers, the sit spot can be a great way to observe and learn about the age group you are writing for.
Writing a picture book with a 4-year-old protagonist? Hang out at the playground.
Is your YA novel about a sixteen-year-old? Go to a high school sports event or your local mall.
Besides feeling more connected to your community, you can mold your observations into characters that spring to life on the page.
I recently found a sit spot at my local park for birdwatching. I’m now searching for a spot for writing (and sketching).
Do you have a writing “sit spot”?