It’s the week before Christmas and I’m tucked under the covers in my hotel room for the week. This afternoon, it’s time for a break from class to absorb. I feel like I’ve been living out of my suitcase for the past few months but traveling has it’s benefits. Sometimes, I travel to get inspiration and outside of my comfort zone.
A few hours outside of the Cities, brought me to St. Cloud, Minnesota. The chill in the air challenged the number of minutes outside but I did a little exploration of downtown. This small area was only spread over a few criss-crossing blocks but the buildings were built out of brick and reminded me of an older time. Small shops lined the streets with old parking meters and I found my way into a used book store.
Books Revisited, was filled with old memories and the smell of old print. Book lovers could spend hours going through gently used copies of old and new. The best part is not having to pay full price for a book. My arms grew heavy with research on Minnesota for my novel and other local authors who set their books in Northern Minnesota.
My own rule is to write what I know about, and that means that I send my readers to real places. Some things may be fictional but the town names and restaurants are real. Using a real town, also allows me to visit the details for a clearer picture of the setting. I can see my characters running around in the town or stopping at the local coffee shops.
The only item left on my bucket list for writers is to complete the road trip to the town and spend some time in the final destination. Wish me luck and pray that there aren’t any snow storms.
Back to writing out there!
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