Setting the Scene

When writing, I try to immerse myself into a town as much as possible, whether I’ve been there or not. I’ll drive around a town on Google Earth and watch news and videos from the area. I’ll even listen to the local radio stations over internet radio while writing the scenes. You can even get a lot of color from the ads that play on local radio or local newscasts. Usually, by the time I’m done writing scenes in that town or city, I genuinely feel like I’ve been there. I could probably walk around the area, know where to eat, what to do, and recognize a lot of the buildings and streets. It’s a trip, man. Fucking wild.
*the image shown is a downtown shot from Denison, Texas which serves as Lily’s (These Americans) final stop before leaving the United States.

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