TCWT September!

The prompt this month is:

“How much does setting affect your novels and stories? What are some of your favorite ways to portray setting?”

Oh, LOVE this prompt! Setting is great, and very important to me. Sure, I write a lot of YA Contemp, set in average high schools. But I also love writing short stories set in places I’ve never been to. These stories will probably never be read by anyone other than me because, like I said, I’ve never actually been to these places. I haven’t seen most of the US, I’ve never been out of the country. And yet, thanks to books, I’m in love with Prague and Paris and London and New York. Daughter of Smoke and Bone put Prague on my bucket list. Up to date travel guides help me create realistic descriptions of places I’ve never been to.

My favorite ways to portray setting, hmm. I’m not too sure what this means, but I’ll do my best! I love setting with beautiful, harsh words that paint new worlds with broad strokes. I love a world that isn’t fuzzy, but clear and above all real. If a setting involves recalling not only the slow beauty of the Seine, but the trash littered along the gutters as well, I’m quite alright with that. It just makes it more real.

No matter how hard life gets, being a writer allows me to create a place all my own. When I’m busy, I don’t even have to write to do it. I just imagine the words I’d use.

I love writing as much as I love reading, and to be able to create worlds from nothing seems to me an incredible gift that I appreciate every day.

“Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” ~Virginia Woolf


Want to follow our blog chain? Here are the participating parties, day by day:

September 5––Musings From Neville’s Navel

September 6––Olivia’s Opinions

September 7––Miriam Joy Writes

September 8––Kirsten Writes!

September 9––Beyond the Moon

September 10––Crazy Red Pen

September 11––The Ebony Quill

September 12––Reality Is Imaginary

September 13––This Page Intentionally Left Blank

September 14––The Incessant Droning of a Bored Writer

September 15––All I Need Is A Keyboard

September 16––Teens Can Write, Too! (We will be announcing the topic for next month’s chain.)



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8 responses to “TCWT September!

  1. “No matter how hard life gets, being a writer allows me to create a place all my own. When I’m busy, I don’t even have to write to do it. I just imagine the words I’d use.”

    I totally agree Olivia! When I can’t sleep ( I think I have insomnia) I just lie in my bed, imagining the words I’d use to describe whatever I’m thinking about.

    I still haven’t figured out how I do settings (4 more days to figure it out)…

    • Ok. Of course you have insomnia, because I do too! TWINSIES. Anywho, I just write and write in my head until i fall asleep. It’s so cool that you feel the same way!
      Just write whatever you want! I jut three my random thoughts together and it worked out alright. 🙂

  2. I know what you mean about writing things in a place you’ve never been – it can be tricky! As a Londoner, I’ve got a massive city that I can talk about, and while I can mention iconic places so that readers from elsewhere can feel they know where we are, I can also talk about the places tourists don’t go. Not that I live in Central London – I’m right on the edge. However, I’ve had some writing based in Ireland, adn I read a lot of books about it and looked at a lot of pictures to help my descriptions. I also had one thing set at Aberdeen University (I had my reasons). While I never mentioned that it was Aberdeen, I was careful to throw enough hints in from mentions of its geographical location and also, the facilities. Their website was great – virtual tours of the new library! So I can pretend I know what I’m talking about. But it’s not as good as describing somewhere I’m truly familiar with.
    Anyway, nice post 😀

  3. First off, Olivia… you seem really happy. Just saying.
    I am curious, however– how do you use “harsh” words to create settings? Could you give an example? I’m rather bad at this sort of thing, so I’ll take all the help I can get.
    Great post.

    • Haha! Like happy about setting or just a joyous person?
      Hmm. I really suggest reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone if you need help with setting. Little Women might help as well. Here’s a quote from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It’s not really setting, but it gives you an idea of the language I look for.

      “Happiness. It was the place where passion, with all its dazzle and drumbeat, met something softer: homecoming and safety and pure sunbeam comfort. It was all those things, intertwined with the heat and the thrill, and it was as bright within her as a swallowed star.”

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