Welcome to my first coffee morning! It’s naturally decaffeinated Fairtrade I’m afraid, as I can’t handle the hard stuff, but I’ve baked some naughty chocolate-chip cookies to make up for it, so do tuck in…
Now, when I started my w-i-p I knew that my character was going to have a swotty younger brother studying physics at Cambridge University. No problemo I thought – despite never having been a) anywhere near a university or b) to Cambridge. That’s what Google was made for.
So far, her interactions with her brother have been at home or on the phone, but in my latest chapter my MC has to pay him a visit at the University, and that’s where I’ve come a cropper. Yes, there’s a wealth of information online about the university (too much probably) but it’s more complicated than I imagined. For a start the place is MASSIVE, with references to Colleges (?) and in relation to studying physics, a department called The Cavendish Lab, but is this bit for graduates only, or undergraduates or…help!
I’ve chickened out for now and had them meet up at a café in town, but as I’ve never been to Cambridge either I’m now wondering, for authenticity’s sake, whether a trip up there would be justified (it’s not like it’s the moon or anything.) And if it is, why on earth didn’t I make my MC’s brother the owner of a luxury spa resort on a remote tropical island reachable only by specially adapted limousine??
Are you able to write confidently about places you’ve never been to, and if so – how?