6. Welcome to Mos Eisley
When “Ben” Kenobi needed the right man for the job, he went to Mos Eisley. As the old Jedi master said, “Mos Eisley Spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.” That town was crazy, crowded, and full of colorful characters. We all know a place like that, and you should go there, take notes, and put those people in your story! Take a notebook to an amusement park, a rowdy-yet-friendly Irish pub, to your family reunion (talk about a hive of villainy!), or even to your local Wal-Mart. Some of the most interesting people in town are waltzing around that place in the strangest assortment of clothes imaginable, for good or ill.
And if the place gets you out of your comfort zone and has a sense of danger to it, that might be fun too, but don’t take this advice to mean you should go hiking alone in Afghanistan or make Yo Mama jokes in a biker bar in Detroit. But then again, you might score a book deal out of the resulting story. If you survive.