Being there on the set of our story has to be the most desirable way to write believably about an area. Living in an environment brings a freshness to the page that book or internet research is hard to duplicate. If it is at all possible, we should visit the site of our story or, at least, one reasonably like it.

We should read travel guides, (in hand or internet) encyclopedia data, or anything else we can get our hands on about the place prior to our trip. The more we know before we arrive, the better equipped we will be to find the flavor of information we need and where to go to get it. We must not forget pads, pencils, recorder, camera or camcorder or both.

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