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    • Hilary on April 25, 2015 at 3:07 AM

    Hi J – it’s important to know the place, and understand its seasons – that I can see .. and the mood and influence of the influx of tourists … cheers Hilary
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    1. Indeed. It all depends on the story. But fleshing these things out beforehand can really make a difference.

    • Kat on April 25, 2015 at 4:19 AM

    This is an interesting post. Thank you. I just added Settings That Feel Like Characters to my Kindle Cloud Reader. My favorite vacation destination is Alaska and Hawaii isn’t bad, either 🙂
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    1. Woo hoo. I hope you enjoy it.
      Which part of Alaska?

    • Tasha on April 25, 2015 at 6:40 AM

    Good advice – details always enrich a story. My favourite vacation destination is British Columbia – specifically Victoria and Vancouver. I love it round there and my husband and I had our original and second honeymoon there 🙂 We’re planning to go back for our 20th anniversary too 🙂
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    1. Excellent spot to go.

    • judi on April 25, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    My favorite vacation spot is anywhere that is not home. My family just loves to explore. But seriously, the perfect spot for me is anywhere there is a beach! – http://50andfabulousblog.blogspot.com
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    1. I adore an ocean view. I always say that I’d love to be able to see the ocean from my home office window, but I have a feeling that I’d forget to be productive. Waves are so mesmerizing.

  1. There’s nothing more distracting when I’m reading than to have inaccuracies in things you know about, whether it is a sport, a food, a place…whatever…I then start wondering how many other things aren’t correct. They are distractions to me, just as misspellings are!

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    1. I feel the same way. I start to question the author (and editor) when I see those errors. I mean, I know it happens, but still. I really hope my short guide will help new authors to avoid an easy pitfall.

    • Cait on April 26, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    I think that’s something that’s really important to remember. As someone who lives in an area which comes alive during the tourist season and then kind of dies when it’s not, it really jars me when a touristy setting isn’t believable.
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    1. Exactly. And if you read a book set in your area, and it got that wrong, it would reflect poorly on the author.
      Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  2. Visiting during the last days of the #Challenge. Always happy to find a fellow writer. You’ve done a great job with the presentation of the blog. Congrats. Good posts for your theme. If you have time and any energy left, come and see what I’ve been up to. I’ll be watching for you.

    1. Plenty of writers to find in the challenge! 🙂

  3. I live in a perpetual vacation spot, Maui. So much so, that people don’t think of it as having real issues or problems… which is why I’m blogging! Sometimes I’d like to enjoy the island as a tourist, and leave my everyday cares away.
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    1. That’s true. People forget that certain areas aren’t JUST tourist attractions. Real people live and work there.
      On the other hand, I bet you have some really great fish at decent prices. And sushi, too. Mmmm, I love sushi!

  4. BTW, I just have to add that most Hawaii residents prefer to vacation in Las Vegas! LOL! Seems crazy, but it’s true.
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    1. Art, golf, gambling, and 24 hours of entertainment. It’s one of the few places where jetlag wouldn’t hit as hard, because there aren’t many clocks. Makes sense to me.

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