Friday, October 13, 2006

It ain't all just pretty scenery

Research for a novel isn't just pretty scenery. There's also the nitty-gritty. How the motel room looks, and a breakfast diner. Behold. Note orange naugahyde chair on right. Faux panelling on walls. The tiny nightstand clock. Paintings, lamp, bedspread, rug. All good details, if the characters have to spend any time here. And believe me, they will.

I love my characters but I also go out of my way to put obstacles and frustrations in their paths.


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