Sometimes I wonder if my writing is restricted by my experiences. I know I know. I still have an imagination and what about all those amazing stories that people like JK Rowling or C.S. Lewis came up with? For one, they lived in the magical land of England, which practically oozes mystical worlds from the grasses. And anyway, I don't write fantasy (at least not right now).
More than just getting away, I want to see something new. I want to expand my vision. Explore other ways of living. Other cultures. I want to watch people--the way they interact, walk, speak. Maybe I'd have a better idea of who my characters are if I could get into their worlds--the un-utah world in which they live. I want to talk to people. Make friends. Basically all I'm saying is I want to do some field research. I'm tired of the internet.
How do you work your character's situation/ideas/speech/behavior/etc if they're from Kentucky and you're from New Mexico? (or something like that) What do you do to create experiences for your characters if they're not your own?