Monday, August 15, 2011

Still Thinking About Setting

One of the things I do when I'm travelling is to keep a journal. I include the events of the day to help me remember later when I see my photos. But I also try to capture smaller things, like the food we ate, those funny little things that happen that you sometimes forget later, and a few details about what each place is like.

I know I will use some of these things later, in the scrapbooks I'm hoping to one day finish (like my novel, they are barely started). But I also think that someday, they will find their way into a novel or story.

This week I'm in Florida, and it's so different from where I live in Canada. The sun seems extra bright, the ocean water is so warm, there are lizards everywhere we go --- so many details that make it unique.  Those details that I find when I travel are the kinds of details that need to go into a story to make it seem real. When I create the world of my story, I like to imagine that I'm walking through it, seeing what my character might see. It wouldn't be a bad idea to take a "mental vacation" to the story world.

What strategies do you have for creating an interesting story world?


  1. I try to connect setting with character. A detailed and accurate representation of a setting is only of limited interest to people, like lovely holiday snaps. what it tells you about the people in the scene makes it much more engaging.

    Moody Writing

  2. Keeping a travel journal is a great idea. Not that i travel much... or seem to manage to find time to jot things down when I do :) But maybe next time...!

  3. A journal is a great idea! I think the feelings you have in the new location is paramount. Like or dislike, you'll store all those little details way and drudge them up when you need them most.


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