Monday, October 3, 2011

Oh! The Places You'll Go!

(Warning! This post is not to ensue feelings of jealousy or the possibility of hitting the post author. These pictures are to help segue into a possible thought process. Please continue.)
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

I've been here
(Adventure story waiting to be told involving vagrants, trains, buses and black moons).

Been here too
Santorini, Greece.

I've traveled a lot. My travel bug may have come from being an Air Force darling, not brat. We moved twenty-eight times before I was a freshman in high school.
I'm not sure if traveling affects my writing as much as people watching does. Half of my stories have come from National Novel Writing Month, a third from my dreams and the rest from somewhere inside my brain.
I do believe traveling or the very least, exploring, adds richness to our lives which comes out in our writing. Trying new food, music, artistic outlet all will add to our viability.

Have the places you visited helped in your writing? Are you able to write more realistic characters or settings or stories?

What if you write science fiction? Visiting places might not help sci/fi writers. Or maybe it will...

Can writers get along on pure imagination? I think yes. Then again, if you're going to set your novel in Paris, you'd better know your way around, what the police are called and how yummy the food is because guaranteed someone will know too.

What do you think?


Lauren said...

Visiting places certainly can help SF and Fantasy writers (although you didn't mention Fantasy). A desert looks much the same on another planet, the water still reflects the same through "alien" water and an unfamiliar city can kick the imagination button into overdrive.


Alice said...

I write about places I'd love to go: Africa, Paris . . .

Angie said...

I'm not much of a traveler. I get so homesick! But I think you are right. Even for sci-fi. I do feel the places that I have traveled to have enriched my writing. Great post.

Stephanie Black said...

Gorgeous pictures! One thing that helps me with settings is having moved around a bit (not as much as you, though!). It gives me some settings to draw on.

Julie Daines said...

I love traveling too. As a kid, I lived for a while in London and traveled Europe. I've used many of my travels as locations for my books. It helps me create a realistic setting in writing when I've already been there in person.

Anthony Dutson said...

That's awesome! I'd love to go to those places too! Someday...

Right now, I figure that I'll write about the places I want to go. That way, if I sell, maybe I'll have to go and do a research trip. :)

Taffy said...

Sounds like everyone agrees :) Travel does help expand the writers scope. I think I need to do a post on people watching while traveling. Do you all people watch?
I like the idea of writing about places I want to visit and do book tours!

RaShelle Workman said...

Oh. My. Goodness. You lucky lady. I want to go to France and Greece. Really, really bad! LOL

i'm erin. said...

I never knew you've been to all those places! You're insane. Also, does your daughter tell you that I say hi all the time.

Shauna said...

Uh, any idea why that first picture makes me crave gelato?!?