How to Research a Location You Haven’t Actually Been To

Excellent tips for adding another layer of authenticity to your writings! šŸ˜‰

A Writer's Path

by Helena Fairfax

If youā€™ve been following my blog for a while, or read any of my books, youā€™ll know how important setting is to me in my writing.Ā In this postĀ about Richmond Park, for example, I wrote about how I tried to combine theĀ setting for The Antique Love with the theme of the book, and how I used the setting toĀ reveal the strengths and weaknesses of my characters.

So far Iā€™ve been able to visit most of the locations Iā€™ve used in my books. My settingsĀ range from Edinburgh to the south coast of France, and they are all within easy reach for me.Ā But sometimes itā€™s just not possible to get to the place you want to write about. I used to agonise about this.Ā I like to ā€œseeā€ exactly what it is my characters see.

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