As a writer, I classify peeking through the blinds research whether I have a dust rag in my hand or not. Neither do I count eavesdropping and people watching as spying.
What better methods to gather data for my stories. I’m able to notice idiosyncrasies, speech patterns, body language, find clothing ideas, and observe relationship interactions. All of which provide great inspiration for my characters and their stories.
Sometimes I don’t.
I’m not asking for actual responses, but I’m guessing many of you are guilty of dust rag spying or eavesdropping or people watching too.
I’m a writer that’s my excuse. What’s yours?