DESCRIPTION AND SETTING

HOW TO CREATE A FICTIONAL SETTING

  When I first started writing fiction, with the intent to accomplish a novel other people would want to read, I was uncommitted as to a setting for my story. Born and raised on Long Island, I was very familiar with NYC and thought that would be a good backdrop for my story. After writing a few chapters I realized I wanted my character, an attorney, and the story to have a more relaxed pace. I decided on suburban South Carolina for no other reason than that is where I was living at the time. Originally, I picked my hometown;...
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DESCRIPTION AND SETTING

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

 GETTING THE SETTING RIGHT   Regardless of the genre of a story, all fiction writers must decide on a setting where it will unfold. Picking a setting is too important to leave to a random dart tossed at a map. In order to be believable, the setting must make sense for the characters and for the story itself. The writer must consider several things in order to choose the setting.  Physical Location: Where on the globe, or in the universe, the story will take place influences who you can write about. If you want your main character to be...
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