The other week, along with several of my writing friends from The Nomad Novelist Writers Group, I joined a walking tour of Dickens’ Portsmouth. It was a fabulous tour, fill of great little insights into the life and world of Dickens. But the thing I got most from the tour was the opportunity to have a good look around Portsmouth’s nooks and crannies.
A fellow writer had set his recently completed dark thriller in the city. I was a beta reader of his first draft, and as we walked he gleefully pointed out all the locations that had featured in the novel.
As we neared the end of the tour we came across the Landport Gate. At this point I turned and said, ‘Wow, wouldn’t this make a great place for a murder.’ He agreed. And as we were discussing how it might happen, we noticed the other people on the tour (non writers) quickly moving away from us.
Perhaps we should have explained we were plotting for a book!
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