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–http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com–Musings From Neville’s Navel
September 6–https://oliviasopinions.wordpress.com–Olivia’s Opinions
September 7–http://miriamjoywrites.wordpress.com–Miriam Joy Writes
September 8–http://kirstenwrites.wordpress.com–Kirsten Writes!
September 9–http://writingbeyondthemoon.blogspot.com–Beyond the Moon
September 10–http://crazyredpen.blogspot.com–Crazy Red Pen
September 11–http://ebonquill.wordpress.com–The Ebony Quill
September 12–http://realityisimaginary.blogspot.com–Reality Is Imaginary
September 13–http://insideliamsbrain.wordpress.com–This Page Intentionally Left Blank
September 14–http://incessantdroningofaboredwriter.wordpress.com–The Incessant Droning of a Bored Writer
September 15–http://allegradavis.wordpress.com–All I Need Is A Keyboard
September 16–http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com–Teens Can Write, Too! (We will be announcing the topic for next month’s chain.)