A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world. - Susan Sontag
I think that my job is to observe people and the world, and not to judge them. I always hope to position myself away from so-called conclusions. I would like to leave everything wide open to all the possibilities in the world. - Haruki Murakami
Many writers say that you should just carry a notebook and write everything down. I've never been totally sure about this. Writing the observation down in a notebook straight away would force you to put it into words, which is often quite a difficult process, and so I think sometimes a memory of the thing itself is better until you've worked out how to do the reality justice.
Recently, I've been exploring the area around my new home in County Durham, and noticing very different things because I'm in a less familiar place. So when I went for a walk outside town this weekend, I challenged myself to pay attention and take some real 'snapshots' showing the things I thought were worth stopping to notice.
For example, this perfectly straight path...
How about you? What kind of things do you stop and notice?