Welcome to Fiction Friday Settings.. .
Did you know there is more than one way to skin a cat?
Who wants to skin a cat in the first place?
Instead of coming up with a quick bit of Flash Fiction for Fiction Friday I thought I’d talk about places.
If you are like me, your partner or spouse is the main wage earner in the family and this allows you some free time to write. But it doesn’t necessarily give you a budget that allows world travel.
I like to stick to places I’ve seen when I write a novel but when I include the Gateway Arch in St. Louis or the Texas School Book Repository in my anthology “If Walls Could Talk,” I did a little online research.
You can google and google earth just about everything and get a 3 D/360 view. Give this a try if your internet connection allows.
Another way to get information is by calling a tourist agency in the city or place you are about to use as a setting. The kind people who work at these agencies will send you a snail mail packet with just about everything you never knew you’d use. Thank them and credit them somewhere in you work.
A third way to get to know a place is to go through newspaper archives online from the area you are using. This gives you a good idea of political issues, crime, growth and the nitty gritty of more things you didn’t think you’d use. When you can, go ahead and e-subscribe to the newspaper nearest your setting.
Come back next Friday to see if I give you a flash or a tip…
Don’t touch anything sharp!
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