Yesterday, I dragged a couple of friends along to do some writing research with me. I got everyone up super early, jammed them all into my tiny car and drove all the way up to the Peak District (a National Park in England).
Why? A couple years back, when I was doing the final expedition for my silver D of E award (for you Americans, that’s this strange hiking/community service/skill/sport award given out by Prince Philip), we were taken to the Peak District in Derbyshire. On one of our last days of hiking, we climbed to the top of ‘Thor’s Cave’ and I was absolutely captivated by it. We passed by it too fast, though, so I never really got any good pictures of the place.
Stupid as it sounds, I’ve never been able to get Thor’s Cave out of my head and, ever since, I’ve really wanted to use it as a setting for this one novel of mine. But whenever I’ve tried to write any scenes there, they’ve been dry and I’ve just felt uninspired. So, yesterday, I decided to visit.
To be honest, the trip was kind of more of an excuse to get out of my delightfully boring home town than for the sake of writing, but it actually turned out to be super useful.
I documented the whole experience with pictures and voice recordings, noting down all the things I missed last time or just didn’t remember about the place. Here are a couple of things I learned about my setting: