How Observant Am I?
A few days ago, I met a woman with a pronounced facial deformity. I held out my hand and said, "It's nice to meet you." She said, "We've met before. Remember..." and she went on to describe the location we met the first time and that's when I remembered meeting a woman. Not necessarily her, but someone at that location.
I realized then that I'm quite bad when it comes to taking notice of people. Not prosopagnosia bad, but bad. If you got a haircut, I'm probably the last to comment on it. Glasses, hair color, perm, clothing... forget about it. I think it boils down to the fact that I don't care much about these things.
That got me thinking, when I'm writing, rarely do I add descriptions of people. Usually, I'm forced, in the second or third round of edits, to add whether the character is male or female. (That's a bit of an exaggeration.)
So I thought: Is there a correlation between how much a writer notices about the people around them and how much character description they add in their books?
Then I thought: I need to stop thinking about stupid things and get writing...