Wisconsin is good for more than just beer and brats! Here are five reasons our state is great for writers, courtesy of bestselling novelist and Wisconsin native Jess Riley.
1. Long, brutal winters.
Even if you own a set of cross-country skis, a snowmobile, snowshoes and an ice shanty, you can only engage in such outdoor winter pursuits for so long. After a few hours, ice crystals are forming on your nose and your joints have seized up so badly you could chug tart cherry juice and still wake up shaped like Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick the next morning. What you need at that point more than fish oil, a heating pad or a miracle is a cozy chair beside a fireplace in a tavern. Or just a tavern, really. Bring your laptop, especially if it’s a bar at a supper club in a small town, because again – you will make new friends and learn the most entertaining, interesting things. Order a Tom & Jerry, or after you’ve warmed up a bit, a whiskey old fashioned sweet. If you need a snack, order the deep fried cheese curds or a pickled egg. After four hours at Pinky’s 919 Club, the next novel practically writes itself, if Sweepstakes Steve has anything to say about it.
Regardless of where you live in Wisconsin (even if you live in a place where most of your neighbors say "irregardless"), there is a festival. Beginning with the Wisconsin Book Festival, of course. The Fox Cities Book Festival in my neck of the woods. Pulaski Polka Days. The World’s Largest Brat Fest. Fighting Bob Fest. Larry Fest. The Musky Jamboree. The Wisconsin Gourd Festival. Milwaukee, you are luckiest of all, because you are Festival City! Irish Fest, German Fest, Festa Italiana, Polish Fest, Mexican Fiesta, African World Festival, Lebowski Fest and the granddaddy of them all, Summerfest. Why are festivals great for writers? People watching, of course! And some of the best conversations you’ll ever overhear standing in line for a bathroom that’s just run out of paper.
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