And Why Would I Be There?
By Jeff Salter
Our Wednesday Fox posed these questions as our weekly topic:
- If you had an unlimited amount of funds and time to visit any place in the world to do research for a book… where would you go?
- Do you have a project in mind?
I’m not certain I can explain WHY, but I seem to have always possessed an affinity for the history, culture, and literature of England… therefore, surely the top of my “to visit” list would be the major spots within and among the British Isles.
I would NOT want to rush my trip but I would not want to be there during the colder months, either. So the timing would have to be just right. I’d want to travel at my own speed, but not have to drive — so I’d want a knowledgeable guide, who was also able to keep his/her mouth shut (most of the time) so I could contemplatively enjoy the sites and scenery without a lot of jabbering.
But do I have a particular writing project already in mind for any location within the British Isles?
Not yet… but I’ll bet I could come up with one in a hurry, if informed of these unlimited funds and time to travel there. At the very least, I could take one of the 140 or so concepts or story “starts” I already have and relocate the setting to somewhere over yonder. [Yeah, you can do that. If you don’t believe me, just recall all those British TV shows which were re-populated with American characters and re-located to some place in the U.S.]
But, knowing me and how story ideas pop into my head, I’m betting a few days along in this leisurely tour… and I’d have the first of several ideas for stories to be set there.
Now, where do I go for this fantastic gift of money and time?
Where would YOU like to visit for research about a story you’re writing?
[JLS # 334]