Travelling to exotic places

As we have seen, romantic novels are by no means the only books which use foreign and exotic settings. Political thrillers, adventure novels, crime stories can all be set against exotic backgrounds and where science fiction and fantasy are concerned, the universe is your oyster.

However, reliance on a combination of travel guides, tourist brochures and memories of a seven-day package holiday to Benidorm is, on its own, unlikely to provide you with sufficient detail to create a realistically atmospheric background. Ifyou are setting your story in a foreign country, your writing will be far more effective if you are thoroughly familiar with the area, its climate, people and politics.

This is fine if your story has a contemporary, earthbound setting but for historical or futuristic tales, research and educated guesswork are vital ingredients in the creation of the required atmosphere.

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