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Old 10-07-2011, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Brasil
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Hey guys! I'm new here and I love to write. Right now I'm writing a history that happens in a small and calm city of the Mississippi state.
I'm brazilian and I'd love to learn with you about this such a beautiful state. To write the history, I have to know what could not miss in a typical small city of the MS to be faithful to reality. As I've never been in U.S.A, I'm trusting in Mr. Google, but I'm not right if he's totally trustable.
I've made the same question in other forums but I didn't get any answer.
I hope you can help me. Love, Jehssyca.

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Old 10-07-2011, 10:47 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Hi Jehssyca,

You should not forget to include the fact that in our small towns we all know each other. Sometimes our mothers and fathers went to school together, and that makes it a little hard for someone who is not from Mississippi to find a place to fit in, and to make friends.

In bigger cities that is not as much of a problem.

Good Luck!
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Old 10-08-2011, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Brasil
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Hey Listener2307, thank you for the information!
This is really very important in a small city. It's kinda what happen here in Brazil.
Someday I'll visit Mississipi. I just love this place!
xoxo
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:53 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Hey Listener2307, thank you for the information!
This is really very important in a small city. It's kinda what happen here in Brazil.
Someday I'll visit Mississipi. I just love this place!
xoxo
I am curious to know why Mississippi?
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Old 10-10-2011, 05:49 AM
 
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thanks,I am interested to know about Mississippi.I am planning to visit Mississippi next year.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Brasil
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I am curious to know why Mississippi?
Hehehe, everybody asks it : )
I know that Mississippi it's not the best state of the USA. Its historical past of south state created the image of delay in MS. But I was looking for the best place of the country to put my characters... The original idea was to create a city where "the sky changes according to your mood". But I wish that this place was faithfull to reality of the small cities of USA. And when I was searching through Google, I've found this link and in it can be read: "as they say in Mississippi: 'If you'll wait just a few minutes the weather will change'". It was just perfect for what I was looking for.
Because of the story I have in my mind, I fear my book be similar to the 'teen sagas' we are used to. You see, I'm a teen, what can I do? hahaha.
But I believe I can leave a beautiful message to the world with my book. After all, the story passes itself in one of the more beautiful places of the world: Mississippi.
Cheer for me!
Thanx.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:02 AM
 
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I'm sorry to be the critic here, but it's a very bad idea to write about a place you've never visited. You should consider writing within your sphere of experience. With no firsthand knowledge, you're more likely to use stereotypes and false ideas of a place.

Besides, I think you will find few people who believe MS is a fraction as beautiful as Montana, which is called "Big Sky Country" and whose citizens use the same phrase "If you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes and it will change".
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Brasil
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Yeah peppermint, I comprehend. It's really a problem and many people have adviced me about this.
I comprehend that I have to run away from all stereotypes.
But I know very well what is to be stereotyped all the time, and I know that the people from somewhere almost never is what the world think about them.
Hey, I'm brazilian and I don't like sun or beach or samba. hahahaha (I'm serious.)
I know it can be a bad idea to write about a place I've never been. But I'm gonna try, and who knows if I won't go to Mississippi in the next vacation?
Hugs : )
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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Sounds like you're aware that you're stepping into potentially dangerous territory. If you're determined to write about it, you will have to do a lot of research about the specific town or area you're thinking of writing about. People in the northeastern part of the state have a different perspective from those in the Delta or the coast. It effects how conservative/liberal they are, their views on race, what college sports team they root for (which is HUGE in the south), and the quality of education. You need to read online newspaper articles, political and history books. You'll need to do a lot more research since you've never been here. If you decide the setting for your book, folks will be able to answer your questions much more specifically.

Good luck.
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Brasil
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Wow! It almost make me afraid o_o'
Talking seriously, I'm willing to do these lot of research that you said. And yeah, I kinda know what I'm about to get.
Following your advice, I wish my story to pass itself near the Great River because I have some scenes happening on a pier or something like this. So I'd like my fictional city was located in west of the state, and near a important city of MS, Cleveland for example.
It may seems madness or naiveness, peppermint, I know this. But, as I've already said, I'm willing to try. I have to.
Hey, are you from Mississippi? Could you help me through Messenger or something like this!
'cause as they say here in Brazil (and it is really true): "i'm brazilian, and I never give up on anything"
; D
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