I thought we’d talk a little bit about setting today in our discussion about writing. All stories have a setting – it is important enough that it can be another character. When you begin your story think about where it takes place. See it in your mind.
What place inspires you – the seashore, mountains, desert, your own backyard? Seeing the beauty around you encourages your imagination. Is this place you are writing about set in the present, past, or future? These questions must be answered before you begin to write.
I am a water lover. I have set five of my novels on a seashore or on a lake. I love the water and trust and respect it. It is romantic and can be terrifying as well. Maybe you don’t like water, or your character doesn’t so write about a place you like: a big city, the desert, the mountains, or your hometown. All settings evoke a feeling to the reader and give your story and characters depth.
If you are stuck in writer’s block give these ten great story settings a try. Write a story that takes place:
1. in a tattoo parlor
2. at the zoo at night
3. in an abandoned mental hospital
4. in a submarine
5. in a magnet factory
6. in the vault of a bank
7. in a bridal shop
8. in the kitchen of Buckingham Palace
9. on the edge of a cliff
10. entirely in the dark
Soon your story will begin to take place. And if you really want to have some fun, visit these places before you write. Your characters and your readers will thank you.
What are you writing this week?