Today I visited a new grocery store in my neighborhood. There is a Starbucks inside. And, maybe 50 yards across the parking lot, there is another one. A freestanding cafe.
I do a talk about characterization, and make a passing comment to Starbucks and using it as a way to figure out who your characters are. What is their Starbucks order? The first time I gave it, the talk was in Vancouver, and I suddenly worried that there might not be be Starbucks in Vancouver. There were 130, and in one spot, there are two across the street from each other.
In that spot, the traffic is quite heavy and I could, once I saw the location, understand why that might have happened. So many people. Lots of cars and lots of foot traffic, and if you had to cross the street, you might not be able to get that coffee. (Horrors!)
But I’m flummoxed at the two at King Soopers. One inside. One outside. Wow.