Alternative Outcome starts with a chance meeting at the doors leading from the concourse at Euston station out to the forecourt. But what do those doors actually look like?
For years they were hinged glass doors that you had to push or pull to open. There was a whole row of them. They always struck me as surprisingly old-fashioned for a station that otherwise seemed pretty modern. And originally I featured doors like these on the first page of the book.
Luckily I happened to be in the area one day, and on a whim I went to the station to see if the doors still looked like that. No they didn’t! The old hinged doors had been replaced by automatic sliding doors. Quite different.
Ouch! Hastily I rewrote a few phrases in the first few paragraphs of the prologue. No longer do the two characters nearly bump into each other as they pass through the doors. Instead, they perform that little dance that you get when two people step first to one side, then the to other as they try to walk past each other. Actually I prefer it the way it is now.
But it just shows the value of doing your research.