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Venice: A City for Writers

June 17, 2012

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I am currently on a family vacation to Venice, Italy, and as I wandered the city, I realized what a unique setting this makes for writing. A large number of books have been based in Venice, such as Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and Cornelia Funke’s The Thief Lord. The reason for this is simple: there is no other place like Venice in the world. Many of the streets are canals, and the entire city is an island in the Adriatic Sea. This city is the closest a writer can come to writing fantasy without leaving the real world. This gives the writing a sense of mysticism and unreal wonder that a normal city could never hope to evoke. Venice can also provide inspiration for other unique locales to write about. For example, how about a city built high in the sky on wooden supports that uses wind currents to propel sailboats through air streets? There are many possibilities for exciting and original locations. What can you think up?

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