Friday is here and I’m excited! My spring fever is finally going to be fed! It’s, Friday the 9th and I am on a location road trip for one of the novels that I’ve been blogging about for the past year. My small, Northern Minnesotan town is going to fill with imaginary werewolves. I’m off to visit the International Wolf Center in Ely Minnesota and I’m going to stop at a few field trip towns around the town. Look out wilderness! Here I come!
Here’s the plan. We’re driving the route from the Minneapolis International Airport, passing through Cloquet, and making a pit stop near the one and only gas station that Frank Lloyd Wright designed. Then, we’re off for deep fried ravioli at Vi’s Pizza. We’ll reach Ely about an hour later.
I’m going into detective mode as I gather information from locals, ask a few questions that don’t weird them out, and capture tons of video. Why? This is part of my writing advice. If you have trouble creating a setting, then base it from a real one. Make the trip. You can alter a few details but seeing an a real town for your story setting will make everything that more real for your reader.
Hopefully, a few locals won’t realize that some of their characters made end up exaggerated in my book. Those who don’t extend visitor hospitality may end up a grouchy old character or someone who doesn’t quite make it in the book. Not that I’ve don’t that – well, maybe I turned them into bullies who lose big in previous stories.
If you want to get away from your desk, then take a road trip with me! Refresh your own settings and make a plan so that you get something out of your experience.
Follow as I post on my progress throughout the month and share the experience.