I am headed to Fort Griffin and Abilene today for research purposes. I don’t have to do this. As far as that goes I don’t have to leave the house to write anything anymore. Not with resources like YouTube and Google Earth and Wikipedia and what not. But as I mentioned before the actual experience of being in a place brings something to the table when you sit down later to write about it.
I also want to get this little side trip out of the way because that will be one less place I have to visit on my big trip along the border next spring. Almost all of the book takes place along the Mexico-US border so I want to concentrate there. One thing bothers me, though. I am having trouble wrestling with whether I should go ahead and write these chapters and then go on the trips, or the other way around. But I don’t want to put this novel on hold. I think that’s a mistake. So I will go ahead and write it. Then after I take the trip I can go back and add any detail or fix anything that needs fixing.
I can do that.
Anyway, I’m leaving today and will be back tomorrow. You can follow me on Twitter and I’ll post when I can during the trip and about any impressions I have. Don’t really know what cell service is like at Fort Griffin but it has to be better than Caprock Canyon and Palo Duro. I won’t be taking my computer, just a notebook.
I’ll take pictures and post them when I get back. There’s also a great Mexican food restaurant in Abilene I’ve eaten at before. I will have dinner there tonight.
2 Replies to ““We will live on the leavings of the devil.””
Thanks once again for sharing your own approaches to researching for your writing projects. Yes, indeedy, starting the trip off with a great dinner the first evening is absolutely a MUST to fuel one’s muse!
this trip was very helpful, I’ll write more about it and post pictures later in the week