Day 2: Setting sketches and research strategies

This was an easy one, since I’ve already made notes on setting.

I found Rebecca’s apartment via AirBnB and followed her route to work on Google Maps. The internet is brilliant for this kind of research (how did authors do it before, I wonder…), but I learned from researching Emma Hearts LA that a research trip is essential.

I’d kind of thought beforehand that the point of the trip was checking and confirming practical details – like how Emma would get from the boardwalk to the pier, etc. – I had no idea how much the places we visited would inspire and feed into the book. Plus, it was the best fun ever, obv.

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