Monday, December 29, 2008

Setting is Important, Too

“To set your stage, it's important to choose the most appropriate, vivid details possible. It's equally important to present those details in a way that will engage the reader. ” Moira Allen in Four Ways to Bring Setting to Life

I did this in my first published story without knowing what I was doing. The tale was about a couple obsessed with ice cream. The story took place in their kitchen, which they had redone to look like an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. I received a number of comments on how interesting and vivid the setting was.

I use the same idea of choosing a vivid detail when I think about my characters. It’s a good way to make them stand out and avoids the problem of them becoming cliches.

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