Friday, August 26, 2011

Setting and Background in Fiction (Part 7 of 8)

Don't be afraid of using ordinary settings. A family farm near Anadarko, Oklahoma, or the city square in Marietta, Georgia? By setting your book in non-exotic places you write about the kind of people and occupations readers easily understand. We submerge readers into reality so we can take them into suspenseful happenings.

When we have ordinary people doing ordinary things,
we provide a sense of reality
and prepare them to accept the extraordinary turn of the story.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, yes. I think of some my favorite settings: Prince Edward Island, Mitford, Savannah. All of these authors did a splendid job of realism drawn from surroundings.


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