There are images of buildings in neighborhoods that you can identify the location of without seeing any names. Europe, in particular, has towns with homes of similar colors and matching roofs. Working design elements, either ones that promote similarity or individualism, into the setting can make it come alive for the reader. A sprawling metropolis, a quiet farm, a peaceful seaside retreat, a beach overrun with tourists– these are all images that many readers can call upon. A tip for being truly memorable: select one of these standard locations, plop an unusual place inside, and make that your main setting.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this lesson in preparing to write settings that feel like characters – my A to Z Challenge theme for 2015. If you long to discover more in-depth details on this topic, I have a .99 cents (US currency) ebook available on Amazon and Smashwords.
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Question of the day: What is your favorite summer Olympic event? (Boxing, for example.)