#AnnieHasBeenThere: Free Setting Advice for Writers

Ever run into the problem in writing where you want to set the story in a location that’s perfect for the plot, but you’ve never been there? While technology has come a long way and you can use tools like Google Earth to see some things, nothing truly beats being there. You can’t tell what the air smells like or what sounds stick out louder than others. You can’t judge how the local people will react to you or what the nightlife feels like.

That’s where I come in. I’m launching a new FREE service for my fellow writers. I’ve been blessed to travel to over 50 countries in my life, and I love to take pictures everywhere I go. So I figured why not help out writers who want to set a story in a place they’ve never been?

Annie in South Africa

So if you’re struggling to describe the setting in your latest scene, contact me through my contact page (https://anniesullivanauthor.wordpress.com/contact/) asking for photos, descriptions, whatever it is you need. I’ll do my best to give you the info you need to make your setting feel authentic and alive! Or, tweet at me (@annsulliva) using the hashtag #AnnieHasBeenThere and the country or city you’re looking for help on.

Here are the countries and islands* that I’ve been to:

  • Antarctica
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Aruba (Under Dutch Jurisdiction)
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Botswana
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands (Under UK Jurisdiction)
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Curacao (Under Danish Jurisdiction)
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador (Including the Galapagos Islands)
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands (Under UK Jurisdiction)
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Namibia
  • Norway
  • Northern Ireland
  • Panama (Including Panama Canal)
  • Peru
  • Puerto Rico (Under US Jurisdiction)
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Maarten/St. Martin
  • Scotland
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • South Georgia Island (Under UK Jurisdiction)
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Turks and Caicos Islands (Under UK Jurisdiction)
  • United States
  • Vatican City
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Major US cities and locations I’ve been to:

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Indianapolis
  • Miami
  • Nashville
  • New Orleans
  • New York City
  • San Francisco
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Washington, D.C.

*Please note that I’ve spent more time in some countries over others and have not been to all parts of every country. But I’ll do my best to give you what info I can.

Keep an eye out for my #TravelTuesday posts on Twitter with pictures of the places I’ve been so you can get some more inspiration.

Happy writing!

8 thoughts on “#AnnieHasBeenThere: Free Setting Advice for Writers

  1. Hello,

    I found your site this morning while I was waiting my turn to have a full, uninterrupted three whole minutes with my local doctor for my yearly check-up. I love everything you have going on over here and I love your spirit for adventure and travel.

    I would like to piggy back on your offer to tell about out of the way places as I am also a traveler. Also, I have been an flying airplanes for 26 years with experience in small aircraft, military aircraft and airline flying. If you or any of the people on your side of the internet have questions about aviation or military topics, I would love to help.

    I am so jealous that you have been to Antarctica. That is fantastic, I hope to make it there one day. With your permission, I would like to become a follower.



    1. Hi Rob! I’m so glad you found this site. I’m sure many would love to learn from your expertise! Hopefully, they will reply here if they need help. If not, I’d be open to the idea of you doing a guest post with some of the things you think writers would/should know about! And by all means, please do become a follower! You can follow my blog by going to the main page, scrolling down until you see “Follow Annie’s Blog,” and entering your email address. Then, you’ll have to confirm that you want to follow when you get the confirmation email. You can also follow me on Twitter at @annsulliva. Thanks so much for reaching out.


      1. Annie,

        Two things, the first is that I am so embedded as a follower that it would take dynamite to get me to un-follow you.

        The second, I am honored that you would consider allowing me to write something for you. Please let me know what you would like and when you want it.

        Thank you for the offer,



    2. Hi Rob! What topics would you be most comfortable writing on? Something like “10 Things Writers Should Know About Writing Military Characters” or “5 Things Writers Tend to Get Wrong Writing About the Military” or would something on aviation/travel be more your style? I’m pretty open!


      1. Annie,

        Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. Life is occasionally busy, I would not mind doing all three articles for you. It would be a great time to hit all these subjects since NaNoWrMo is upon us.

        I am not participating in it, I have since I have been working on number one novel since 2008. I am a little slow but I am catching up.

        Let me know what schedule you would like to do these in and I will get busy cranking them out. If you want to hit me at my email robakers19@gmail.com and we can work out the details.

        Thank you for the opportunity, I hope it turns into something productive for your site.



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