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  1. That’s a very good point. I never thought about it, though I’ve done it before. But yet, that’s definetly soemthign that makes a setting feel liek a character 🙂
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    • Li on April 24, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Good point – unique doesn’t mean that it has to be something rare or exotic. I like the example of the doorway with height markings.
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    1. I’m glad my examples worked for your muse. 🙂

  2. Those kinds of connections in a story make it so real and so interesting. I like your example because they give such a clear idea about what you mean when you say make it unique.
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    1. Thanks. I wanted to be clear. 🙂

  3. I guess I go with unique only if it benefits the story. Most often, people are comfortable with the familiar. If you’re incorporating unique, you have to make your audience understand it.
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    1. Yes, indeed. It has to benefit the story.

  4. I love it when the setting feels like a character. Settings are really the ultimate character. Accomplishing this as a writer is really tough, though.
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    1. Yes, that’s what someone told me. I happen to know how to do it well, and thus I wrote a book and these blog posts. I’m hoping to make it easier for those interested in trying.

  5. If it’s unique, I think the story has to really incorporate it. It’s like the setting is a character. But since I’ve been up early blogging, I don’t know. Oh, someone else just said the same thing. Ok, I’m not totally brain fried right now.
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    1. Yup, that’s why the name of the reference guide is “Preparing to Write Settings that Feel like Characters.”

  6. Being able to mention a unique attribute also allows the reader to place the setting in her own mind without a boring explanation from writer intrusion. You have a great series here! Setting is often overlooked or underutilized in the story.
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    1. That’s the goal- to help with the pace, and keep words in the “showing” mode. Thanks so much.

  7. Great post. It gave me something to think about.
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    1. Glad I could get the brain gears turning! 🙂

    • Yvonne V on April 24, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    Great examples! Very visual, too.

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    1. Thank you.

  8. Settings that mean something personal to the character are a great way to make the setting characterful. Sounds like a good book.
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    1. Thank you. 🙂

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