In today’s acknowledgements section, you’ll find Google Earth at the top of the list.
Let me bring you up to speed: my WIP is not based where I live. It’s plot unfolds in places overseas, some of which I’ve been to, some of which I haven’t. (For example – although I’ve been to Italy, I haven’t been to Rome, where one of my scenes unfolds. And sure, I’ve been to Salisbury, England, but I have no idea where the train station is.)
So what do I do? I visit Google Earth, and I take a little street-view walk down memory lane, and I look at the photos kind souls have posted there. Frankly, it’s awesome.
It gives me what I need to set my scenes down into reality, providing specific details that grow roots and make the story come alive.
So anyhow, thanks.