World building is hard. World building in a fantasy world is even harder. While I’m currently on a “writing break” until after my wedding in October (and by “writing break” I mean only casually writing notes instead of bleeding at my computer), I’m researching my next project for the traditional publishing market – My modern fairytale. Trust me, it’s going to be amazing.
My research happened accidentally. Over the weekend, fiance and I headed to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House (yes, those Fords) in Grosse Pointe Shores to map out where we want our engagement photos taken on the property. The moment I stepped foot on the trail, I knew this had to be the setting of my book. Right on the border of Lake St. Clair, it’s like something out of a…wait for it…fairytale. (Yes, I went there.)
From the old stone buildings to the stunning lake views, I wanted to stay lost there forever. Or at least until November, because snow. Here are my favorite photos of the property.
Whenever I have trouble world building, I spend hours looking for real places that will help me visualize what I’m writing. For instance, I wouldn’t have thought twice about how to describe the windows until I saw this window. Now, I can’t imagine my story any other way. What about that view from the swimming pool to the lake? Halfway across that lake is Canada. How amazing to be able to recreate a similar stunning view in my book.
It only takes one picture to get the ball rolling.
How do you like to world build?
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