Setting the Setting Within the Setting

With a new novel, one of the first things you do is decide on a setting for the story. It may be a small town, a school, a large skyscraper, or maybe a fantasy world. Once the setting has been chosen, your next decision is where to stage the action of your story within your larger setting. You may end up with a dozen or more of these settings within a setting. Each should have purpose and help move the story forward.

I am always on the lookout for these places that will make a story more interesting. When I see one, out comes the smartphone and I store the image away for a future chapter.

P1000077 Nighttime settings are full of mystery and intrigue. When the moon is full and the breeze rustles up emotions, the story builds interest. 100_1553

Or how about a lighthouse off the coast of Nova Scotia. There is a chapter just waiting for this fantastic setting. 100_2292

A rocky outpost on the southern coast of Ireland where a dare turns tragic. On a more positive note, maybe when standing at this point you are granted any wish of your choice for one day. P1000403

A quiet pond with a place for internal thought or dialog between two characters.

Store your own images on a disk, in a cloud, or use them as a screensaver. When you see them again, they may become the setting for your next chapter.

About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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