It is never easy to describe a place I have never seen. I have tried to see as much as I can during my life, but the fact remains that I have never been to Zaragoza, Spain, which is the location for the short story I am working on.
Off to Google I go, but the problem is that the photos are not enough to develop a true sense of place and the descriptions of others are, well, the descriptions of others so they are taken from another set of eyes and perceptions. I have to create for myself a close enough proximation of Zatagoza so that anyone who has actually been there will not think my writing rings untrue. The challenge is that I have to capture the city with all of my senses--sight, touch, smell, sound, and that "other" sense that is more a feeling within the soul than anything else.
There are of course many writers who have successfully written about a place without actually have seen it. I wonder, though, if most of these places are so easily described such as a tropical beach or dark wood or some other thing that they had an easier time than I am trying to capture not just place, but emotion, soul, society and humanity.
Well, it will be a good story as long as there aren't any howlers in it.
Causes James Buchanan Supports
Expanding health care in the US, ending war as a viable tool of foreign policy, and issues related to social justice in general.