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    • Fran on April 2, 2015 at 4:49 AM

    An interesting tip for setting, I must say. Thanks for that!
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    1. Glad to inspire.

  1. That was good laugh! I now picture a sedate Superman with a martini.
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    1. LOL!

  2. I like the idea of hiding the unusual among the familiar. Thanks.
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    1. It is very intriguing. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I tend to go with locations I’m familiar with. Although, lately I’ve been inventing locations. But your tip is a good one.
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  4. Like a farm house left over in the middle of a big city? 🙂

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    1. Yes, exactly like that. Just reading that question makes me want to know more about the story. (I don’t know if there is a story, but I’m already hooked! That’s what it’s all about.)

  5. I love prompts like this. Something unique and not just “this type of character is at this place.” Looking forward to more.
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    1. Thanks so much.

    • Sabina on April 2, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    I love how you mentioned that you can take the principles of a good setting and incorporate it into a good character–or a plot, for that matter. Good point!
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    1. Thank you!

  6. I’ve just discovered your blog from the AtoZ Challenge. Fascinating theme. I’m a writer of fantasy and historical novels and setting is a vital element for me.
    Good advice there 🙂
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    1. Fantasy and Sci-fi writers always focus more on setting, usually because we’re building another world. The reader needs to be clued in to how it is the same, and how it is different. The most important part of that though is to always make it matter to the story, so the reader will care.

  7. This is something I really struggle with. I can do dialog and I can make you feel what I want you to feel. I just can’t put you in a town or city. I’m working on it but it doesn’t come naturally to me.

    1. Well, if it doesn’t matter to the story, it doesn’t need to be there. Sometimes it is big things, and sometimes it is small things. Some stories take place in one room, or in the head of a character. It all depends on what you want to write.

  8. I just purchased your e-book on Kindle. I don’t know if Amazon gives you the purchaser’s name or not, but I bought it on my husbands Amazon account. His name is Daryl Gold. I truly, truly struggle when writing settings. I don’t know why I have so much trouble. I can turn out pages and pages of action and dialogue all day long, but when I try to describe a place, I get so stumped. My writing slows to a crawl as I research and read and try to accurately depict the setting. I use all of the senses, but it is something I have to consciously think about and really concentrate. Then it doesn’t feel real to me. It feels like I am adding smells and sounds for the purpose of setting. I hope that made sense. I just wish when I write settings, the words would flow like they do when I write other areas of my novel. Any advice? Maybe I should wait and ask you that question after I read your book.
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    1. Thanks for the sale!
      I don’t know if it shows names or not. If it does, I haven’t figured out where yet. (Or bothered to look…)
      You might not need as much research as you think. Point out what your characters experience, what matters to them and to the journey you put them on. Smelling a cherry pie doesn’t matter. Smelling a cherry pie that brings back a repressed memory that cripples your character until they overcome it- that’s worth it. Smelling smoke from a fire, meh. Smelling smoke from a fire where there shouldn’t be one, then turning the corner to discover the character’s home has been down, and the family murdered, the sounds of the last remains of all worldly possessions turning to ash, and the sound of a lover coughing for the last time before dying seconds before the main character can reach them to say that last good-bye… I think you see where I’m going there.
      The book has a focus on making the setting itself into a character. If you happen to be great at character creation, then yeah, I can see how trying this could really help you out. What’s the worst case? You write more words? They say that it takes a million written words to be an expert- so more words is NEVER a waste! (Even if we do edit a ton of them out before final printing, LOL.) I really hope that my book helps you out. Let me know if you have more questions. Happy to help.

  9. I’m fascinated by buildings. My dreams are usually filled with strange buildings that are like composites of different ones I’ve seen in waking life. Sleep dream houses seem endless with all sorts of strange corridors and mystery rooms. When I write fiction I tend to describe buildings more than anything else.

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    1. Buildings can be so beautiful. I admit that I have thing for skyscrapers.

    • neeneedaqueen on April 3, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    i really enjoyed this.
    i enjoyed this error on my comment even more…. Well, that was short… How about if you go back and leave at least five words. “Hi, hello, how are you?” is five words that two space aliens would say in the show “They Came From Outer Space.” If you are really stumped, tell me how you prefer your applesauce- smooth, chunky, cinnamon, unsweetened, heated up with some melted cheese on top, organic, or as far away from you as possible because applesauce gives you the heebie jeebies.
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    1. LOL. <3

    • Emma on April 27, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Never thought of looking at preparation for writing in that way. I’ll remember your tip when I’m preparing. Thanks for liking my post. Blessings.

    1. It’s one more way to expand the writing base. 🙂

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