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  1. My story is set in the 1920s, so I use some of that time slang. I tried to suggest the time and place in the opening scene, without actually telling it. I’m happy to say, quite a few people guessed it’s Chicago and many also guessed the Twenteis – mostly fo rmy mention of the Model T 😉

    I think, it you can pull it off, setting is a powerful tool to make the reader ‘feel’ to be there… and it takes more than just description.
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    1. That is absolutely true. And getting readers to feel like they’re there makes a good novel turn great.

    • Hilary on April 20, 2015 at 2:01 AM

    Hi J .. Quiet – sometimes an essential in life, and so often the less said the better .. we can glean more, or imply more and I’m sure these traits apply in a story line too .. cheers and here’s to a quiet week – Hilary
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    1. Yes. Like the quiet before the storm.

  2. Some version of:

    If you always do what you’ve always done
    You’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.
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    1. Good quote.

  3. Ooh, very good advice, thank you! My paranormal romance series is set in Cornwall, and a friend recently set me the challenge to include local words and phrases in upcoming novels. I totally agree that they add to the flavour and feel of a story.
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    1. I feel this sudden urge to introduce you to my other commenter, Hilary. Her A to Z posts have a ton of information on Cornwall.

      1. Why, thank you! I will take a look…
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        1. 🙂

  4. Sounds are often neglected and what’s seen more is more prominent. I loved this post because I think what we hear or don’t hear can be powerful in a story.
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    1. Oh yes. Subtle sounds, not just the obvious heartbeats and high-heel clicks.

  5. I have missed you. I kinda had to slip away because my son was undergoing some serious stuff. He is okay right now (for which I am so very thankful to my Savior and my God). I have read some of your posts.WONDERFUL! This post rings true to me and brings into my remembrance a quote. “Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” There is a saying about the unwritten in stories. That’s the part the readers hear on their own.
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    1. I’m glad that he’s doing better.

  6. I do try to remember to include my setting as a character. Gives a more sensory experience, I think.
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    1. Yes, that it does. Draws the reader in.

    • Allison on April 20, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Though, banging a Uey and drinking from a bubbler could be somewhere else as well — I’ve heard both applied here in Portland Oregon (thanks to the Benson bubblers…). But, it is a great idea to try and add details like that — adds a touch of realism.
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    1. Those darn Bostonians, moving across the country and taking their lingo with them! Or maybe blame the Irish immigrants that first grew the Boston population.
      I considered that Valley Girl speak would be an example as well, but I’m not sure how many people under 40 would get what I meant.

    • Debra on April 20, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    There’s a list floating around of words that used to mean something totally different. Like buxom used to mean shy.
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    1. Yes, I think I’ve seen the list.

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