Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Walking in Their Shoes

Mindy here. This past weekend, my husband and I stole away for our anniversary. It was the first time in seventeen years that we've gone anywhere together without kids. Of course, we had a great time.

We visited one of our favorite places, which also happens to be where my WIP takes place. Since the story is complete, and I've moved on to the revision/editing phase, this trip couldn't have come at a better time. I stood in many of the same places where my characters stood. Each time I was reminded of a scene, I stopped and put myself in their shoes. What did they see, smell, hear? Those little details that add richness to a story and bring it to life.

For me, the visual is easy. I can close my eyes and put myself there. But it's one dimensional. It wasn't until I stood on the mountainside where the story begins that I heard a songbird singing one of the sweetest songs ever. I even recorded it on my phone, first so I could have someone identify what type of bird it was, and second, so I could replay it when I got home.

Do you ever visit the places where your stories take place? If so, do you perceive things differently than you could conceive them in your mind? Historical writers don't have the luxury of seeing things as their characters see them, so how do you come up with those authentic sensory details?

Happy Tuesday, y'all.


  1. Congratulations on your anniversary Mindy! Glad you had a great time :)

  2. I'm glad you had a great trip! I was just doing bird research myself for a character I'm working on. :)