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

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A Writer's Path

by Helena Fairfax

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

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

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A moody Gothic house by moonlight…forget the election results and get stuck in…ART FOR WRITERS

This is such a cool writing prompt. So many possibilities. Writers, use your imagination and let the stories begin! Reblogged from


gothic houseIf you live in the UK then yesterday was the day that decided our tomorrows…whatever you feel about the result, put it to one side for half an hour or so, and allow your creative side to take over.

This is a wonderfully atmospheric painting. Walk up the steps, sniff the air. Find a way in, through the main entrance perhaps or it’s possible that there are French windows slightly ajar. Part the lace curtains and slip into an empty dining room. The lights are on. People are very near. Listen.

Creating a sense of place is important to many stories and events have to happen somewhere. In a story of suspense the setting can become a character in itself. This house looks up for the job.

I know very little about the artist, Wilfred Bosworth Jenkins, except that he was born in Gloucestershire in 1857, and seems to have…

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