I've been traveling old stomping grounds on the east coast from Boston to Philadelphia. I've lived in these places. While in Boston, I wrote a novel set in Indiana. Since January I've been living in the Pacific northwest and my WIP has been set in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As soon as I arrived in Cambridge in August, I changed the location to New Haven. Huh... apparently I only write about a place when I'm not there.
Many authors specialize in recording where they live. Others travel or leave a place in order to write about it. I think Melville wrote Moby Dick while landlocked in the hills of western Massachusetts.
This vacation, I've been realizing that I'm freer when I write from memory or imagination. I think I feel tied down to what I see when I write about what's right in front of me. Is this a true for others?
What's your relationship to location?
(PS - a huge thank you to the awards I've received from L'Aussie and, before his summer break, Samuel Park. And I'm posting this while crossing the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan. Wireless and the view are cool.)
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