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For writers, time = place | JPF Daily

Published about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader

An author I'm working with is writing a book about - whatever. (The subject of the book is not the point of this post.)

We have been discussing a period early in his career that could be very important to the book.

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Periods of time, in a story, are often linked to particular places. And this author, once upon a time (see what I did there), had a job in Soho.

Specifically, at a place called House of Sandwiches:

It closed long ago, but the place hasn't been wiped off the face of the earth, so we went for a walk on Google Streetview to soak up the atmos.

If you are writing about a particular time, you may also be writing about a particular place. And if you're writing about a place, you too might like to tootle around on Streetview.

I challenge you to do it right now. Think of a place that is important to you. It might be a place you know well already. It might be a place you don't know at all (yet).

Then click this link to open Streetview, and search for that place. What do you notice?

If you can't work out how to go from the "map view" to Streetview, you can watch me do it here.

Till next time.

JPF


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