The light couldn’t turn green fast enough as I sat in my car, jaw clenched in horror, staring at the awkward, hand-painted sign protruding from the side of the road.
“Colon hydrotherapy in your backyard. Call . . .”
I took a mental note of that number–to avoid it at all costs. Only in my neighborhood.
First of all, I don’t know too much about colon hydrotherapy, or exactly how it works. And I’m a health writer.
But the thought of learning the answer to those questions–in my own backyard, nonetheless–was enough to keep me awake in fear for the next few nights. By the end of the week, the sign was gone. Gee, I wonder why?
I began contemplating then. Does one need a license to perform such an immaculate procedure? Perhaps, should something of this nature be executed in the sterile confounds of–say–a medical clinic?
Apparently, no. At least in Laveen, Ariz.
Don’t look far for writing ideas
I’ve often come across individuals who believe they have no solid material for good writing. After all, they haven’t traveled the world and lived among the Aborigines.
However, some of our best ideas come from within, or right next door. I live a seemingly uneventful life to anyone who knows me:
Car, house, cat, boyfriend, 9-5 job. Yada yada yada.
But, I live in a neighborhood where the local pre-teens play a solid game of streetball Sunday afternoon, while my cowboy neighbors click-clock down my block on their horses. And, the company with whom I share the confines of a vicinity feel the need to advertise their colon hydrotherapy services on the side of the road.
Hmmm. If I were Larry David, I’d have the premise for my next Seinfeld episode.
When it all boils down, the best writers are those who OBSERVE their surroundings. What do you observe, and how has it helped your writing?