Writing Can Be Murder

August 10, 2009

Reading the obits

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 6:18 pm

It occurred to me as I was sitting and sipping my coffee this morning studying the obituaries, that I may very well be morphing into my mother. (My day is now ruined.)

I get why old people read the obits — they’re looking to see if anyone they know/knew has kicked the bucket, but I never understood why anyone under, say 65, would read them.

Now I’m reading them.


Because I’m looking for names, and maybe some careers, and maybe a little family info — in short, I’m dumpster diving for characters.  Yes, I’m so hard up for character names, that I’ve been reduced to reading the obits.

But I’m telling you, they are the BEST character studies. They give you age, career, family status, religion, interests (one guy I just read about was an Eagle Scout AND a church soloist who worked retail, while another guy was an umpire for over 40 years) and how they want to be remembered (Eagle Scout wanted donations to a Conservatory in lieu of flowers).

I’m telling ya: obits are a gold mine for writers. Now if only I could figure out my mother’s fascination with them….



  1. I haven’t started reading obits yet, but what I do find frightening is now I’m reading articles on politics and government! That’s a SURE sign I’m getting old.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — August 11, 2009 @ 12:23 am | Reply

  2. lol, articles about politics and government are just aggravating imho

    Comment by love2wryte — August 11, 2009 @ 12:48 am | Reply

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