Stories are set somewhere. It's either background or part of the story in how it interacts with those who travel therein, or the character interacts with it in some way. We do not exist in white space. And yet I read stories where it's completely missing. There is nothing to visualise or imagine, no hint … Continue reading What do I see?
Place and Time
Otherwise known as Setting. It's one of the [many] things I struggle with. The basics of an opening to a story needs to make clear the Who is Where and When, Why they're there (maybe just a hint), and What they're doing. This post is about the Where and When of a story. The place … Continue reading Place and Time
And as to Where
... in the world are we, specifically for this story (for the earlier parts of this process, start here), let's lay open the map. Readers like to know where they are, where this story is, so they can orient themselves. That doesn't mean explaining. Anytime the writer feels the need to explain makes the reader … Continue reading And as to Where