Getting the feel of a real life scene is critical when writing. There is always the chance our readers have visited the same location.
Every town, every beach, every mountain has its own feel. There are buildings unique to every city. The countryside in Vermont possesses features we won’t find in Iowa. The beaches in North Carolina are very different from the beaches in Oregon. Visiting the locations in our books, either physically, through books, or on the Internet is essential.
For all the differences, though, there are similarities.
My husband just got back from staying with his parents while they visited Savannah. (They will join us in their motor home today!) While in Savannah, he took a cruise on a riverboat:
Ironically, he said it was almost exactly like the riverboat cruise we took with our church’s singles group in Wilmington a couple weeks ago:
He said the riverfront looked almost identical - same buildings, same marsh areas, and same loading docks: