February 21, 2016
I love to use eavesdropping in my books as a way to advance the story. When you write a book in first person POV, it's hard to convey what is in the other character's head. You can't just assume and write that in the pages of the book. I've used eavesdropping a few times to add to the storyline and let the main character find out what's going on without anyone knowing she knows.
It's fun to try to imagine your own story based on conversations overheard in various places. You don't know all of the details, so it's a great time to engage that overactive writer's imagination of yours! Imagine walking down an aisle of a hardware store and hearing: "We'll need rope to tie them up." It could be something completely innocent -- let's hope, anyway -- but your crafty imagination doesn't know that!