To write a believable world of fantasy, in which the characters, through all their endeavours and relationships, their fights and friendships, feel real and believable to the reader takes an author who understands real people in the real world. I often find inspiration about real life in the words of J R R Tolkien, including this pithy lesson from Gandalf to Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit.
Of course, the world of books and maps and learning is a wonderful one. But some things you can only truly understand by visiting, by seeing in person, by experiencing with your own senses.
Are there things you thought you knew about a place (from books and maps and films and television) that turned out to be quite different when you made it there in person?
A midnight sky with clouds of gold above the shadow of an iceberg floating by. During one of our trips to Antarctica.
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