I guess I’ve mentioned NaNoWriMo to you before, right? It’s the National Novel Writing Month, and it happens every year in November. So, in 2015 I participated because I couldn’t bare the thought of Loveandpizza.it being postponed any longer. I stuck to it, and at last I was able to type those two wonderful words: The End.
Anyway, if you don’t know the story yet, you can have a quick look here.
I lived in Napoli for 9 months in 2008/2009, and absolutely loved it. The place, the people… Napoli is one of the liveliest cities I’ve ever been to. It drives you mad, it casts a spell on you,
it makes you fall in love with it. Carolina and her story were “conceived” in Napoli. It’s a place where I have a few dear friends (ex-students) and where I feel completely at home. I try to go back there whenever I can since I left in 2009 and wish I could go back more often.
In 2012 I went back on my own, on a “research trip” (any excuse, eh? hehe). I had just started my MA and as my characters were still being developed, I just knew I needed to go back. I bought the new version of the guide and off I went with Carolina and her novel friends to explore the city and surroundings, so I could create the story where it was actually happening.
It’s not always easy to do this type of research, I know. If I lived in Brazi, where I’m from, for example, that would be impossible! But my point here is: wherever you should your story be, make sure you learn about the place. Go to your local library, buy (or borrow) a guide book, study the city map, the attractions, watch about it on YouTube, watch films and read books about it. The more real, the better.
Anyway, researching for Loveandpizza.it, I came across this hilarious video. If you’ve seen Eat, Pray, Love (based on the memoir of Elizabeth Gilbert), you’ll know what I’m talking about. Italians speak a lot through gestures and Carlo Aurucci just shows that perfectly. The last two minutes of the video are really good.
I hope you like it.
See you soon.
P.S. Goethe wrote in his book Italian Journey: “Vedi Napole e puoi mori.” (“See Naples and die”). Well, I’ve seen Napoli, and one thing I’m sure of: I’m not even close of being ready to die. I still want to visit there many, many times!
What’s your favourite place for a chick lit set? How do you research?
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