A bittersweet weekend progress-wise.
While I didn’t make my intended target (which was to have two complete chapters written for Part II of Book II), I did get an extremely difficult chapter completed. You know those pivotal chapters that setup your whole novel? The ones heavy on exposition where every detail matters? Yeah, well, I got that one written. It’s a load off I can tell you. It’s all plain sailing from here on.
Aside from conquering that chapter, I spent a lot of time gaming, relaxing, and just chilling. I have a vacation coming in two weeks, and I think I really need it – I’m in need of more downtime on the weekends than I usually need. Even writing feels like work at the moment.
And now a question for my writerly friends; what do you do when you need to set your book (or part of it) somewhere you’ve never been before? Do you jump on The Google, check out some images, or buy a plane ticket and zoom off to get a look-see yourself? In my case, I have part of Book II set in the Carolinas – a place I’ve only breezed through while on vacation to the States. I have a reasonable idea of the environment, but boy I’d love some ‘on ground’ research… or maybe I’m just looking for an excuse to get back to the States. As my pockets aren’t lined with gold, I’ll have to settle for a bucket-load if internet research.
What about you? How do you research your locations?