What do you notice first when you’re in a new situation or meeting someone new?

What about your characters?  Have you even thought about it?

Me?  I notice decor, architecture, details like that, if it’s a building.  A person?  I’m not sure.  Guys, it’s definitely smiles.  I’m a sucker for a killer smile.  I had a roommate who always looked at guys’ hands first.

The March/April issue of Writer’s Digest devoted their entire workbook section to POV and perception.  It’s definitely something to think about with your characters.

The author of the perception article poses these questions:

1- How does this person perceive the world?
2- How does she come to understand her environment?
3- What does she choose to notice and to ignore, and why?
4- What does she want to do with what she learns?

For me, I’m pretty sure I’m auditory with some things.  If I know someone really well, know their voice, etc., if they’re in a choir or otherwise large group of people who are singing, if I focus in on their face, I can pick their voice out of the group.

That’s one part of my perception.  I look at eyes, too, I think.  But to be honest, I’ve never really thought about how I perceive the world.  (Other than the sneaking suspicion that everyone is out to get me…Get outta that corner!)

Moving on.

Is this something you’ve thought about in the past?  Is this completely new to you?  Share your thoughts. I’d love to hear and learn from them.