After two vacations, eat your heart out, and close to 3500 miles of travel, we are finally home in our own bed. Not that any of the others were so bad, but there truly is no bed like home.

I have many memories, pictures, books, literature pamphlets, and just plain stuff from our many stops and excursions. Each of them has been read and notes taken. The job now is to organize them and the notes some way that will help me recall them when I need them in a story. One of my current WIPs covers the Civil War period, now there are many items and notes on battlefields and locations in the NW Arkansas and SW Missouri areas where the story takes place. Went to Wilson’s Creek battlefield where the south won control of SW Missouri and then a month or two later just walked away from Springfield and SW Missouri. Got a good feel for the land and the situation. Bought a few books and booklets written for the Centennial anniversary of the Civil War.

Actions like this on the author’s part adds much when even the slightest mention to known battles, people, places, and things are added to the story. It makes the story live. These known factors of the story make the whole story seem more real to the reader and help hold their attention as you weave the story in, around, and through them.

Home now, I just pulled some pics my Mother had taken in the 50’s of Vicksburg. Will add these black and white memories to the file for this WIP.

How do you use your experiences, memories, and accumulated materials in your writing?

Now go write!

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