Travel. A guilty pleasure or necessary research? To soothe my conscience, I claim the latter. Let’s see, there was a trip to Montana to see it for myself when an editor said she wanted three of my books set in the States. Yes, definitely research even though I loved it.
Even North and South Dakota constituted writing research. 300 miles of NOTHING wasn’t so great as I crossed the southern tip of Alberta and across the north of North Dakota. But it was an adventure. And the things I found at the end of the journey made it worth the long miles.
Vancouver provided a welcome break from winter as I attended a writing workshop. And San Francisco was another workshop-excuse for travel.
But Paris? I did lots of ‘research’. Sure I did. I studied all sorts of things. See the cute fireman who posed for me on the Eiffel Tower where he and his buddies were practicing rappelling up and down the heights. I can’t imagine ever having to rescue someone but just in case…
There were lots of other ‘studies’ as well.
I observed all sorts of romantic poses. Paris truly is a city for love. I’m certain I learned lots that I can apply to my writing.
But apart from the serious study I partook of I refilled my creative well. So much color. So many temptations.
I inhaled the creative energy of the place and observed artists at work. I saw the pink light Paris is famous for and sat at the café where Hemingway worked.
Oh who am I trying to fool? Paris is a delight for the senses and laden with creative energy. I’m sure it stimulated my senses and could thus qualify as being writing-related but I wouldn’t need the excuse of work or research to go back. It’s a city to enjoy. It’s truly a guilty pleasure.
Linda Ford’s next release in Dakota Child, out September 09. She hopes the romance between the pages will provide her readers with a few guilty pleasures. You can visit her web site at http://www.lindaford.org/