How much a writer's location influence their writing?

In Edinburgh, there are a couple of coffee shops dedicated to being the "birthplace" of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. I think, walking around Edinburgh, you can see some of the influences. I’m curious if there are other locations that have deeply influenced texts – I’m sure they have. This could be analysed further.

  • I know there are a number of coffee-table books that look at these ideas, but actually at the heart this could be an interesting article. This needs to be fleshed out further by suggesting such locations and looking at the act and art of writing. Some authors prefer silence and privacy, others more public spaces. What then also is the use of the representation of "creative spaces" by influencers or those who want to be "seen" as writing? Is it important to match the public "image" of a writer to experience writing success? Unfortunately, to a degree this is true. What does location matter also? Can you write truly about another place without going there? Does an urban novel need to be written in an urban environment and vice versa? How much "place" ends up in a text? As noted, does that mean you need to be immersed in a medieval setting to really capture the essence of how a place looks, or could you do this now from home using a vision board and a look book? – Sarai Mannolini-Winwood 7 months ago

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