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Writing in the Sunshine. Writing in the Shadows.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Sightseeing – writers do it their own way.

At least, this writer does. As you probably already know, I’ve not long returned from a trip to New York.  While I was there, I visited the sights and took pictures. But not exactly the conventional tourist stuff.

I started out OK, with pictures of the New York Library, a beautiful building just down the street from the Thrillerfest convention hotel. It reminded me of the buildings of the Civic Center in Cardiff - lots of white columns and statues.
The lions of the New York Library

So far, so good. When I ventured inside I was probably the only person who was wondering where I’d stash the dead body (I hope I was, unless there was another crime writer on the premises) but no one else knew that, so I could keep my quirks to myself.

After that – well, I took pictures, but not of the things tourists are supposed to take pictures of. If I want to study a shot of the Empire State Building I can always find that on line – but street signs, yellow cabs, police vehicles? Maybe, but now I don’t have to worry. If I need it, I have my own photo library of ‘interesting’ stuff. Like the way the buildings tower when you look up from the street - and the perpetual scaffolding that seems to cover half the city.

Skyscraper canyon

Possibly my crowning achievement is a snap of the entrance to a parking garage. Not in the top ten tourist sites to be sure, but for the writer of romantic suspense? My hero/heroine are just as likely to be
So- I'm strange. I'm a writer. 
running for their lives, or their car, diving into a garage on the streets of Manhattan,  as they are admiring the view of the Statue of Liberty. Possibly more likely. And now I have the picture to show me exactly what I should be describing.
Writers look at things differently.

 Or is that just me, then?


  1. It's the little details that make the difference!
    Angela Britnell

  2. No, it's not just you. I love "sign language" photos. Photos of street names, odd signs and visual ones. Old tree trunks. Interesting paths and walls. And, as you say, everyday goings-on.

  3. Wonderful photos! And your comment re the garage definitely strikes a chord. I used to work at Cambridge University and I remember sizing up one the departments for a murder scene. I didn't get as far as taking a photo, but I had a good look to see where the CCTV cameras were! :-)

    1. Hi Clare
      That's the trouble with being a writer - everything is a potential stage set :)