So far in this crazy writing career I’ve written about places that are familiar to me, places close to home or ones that make me smile every time I visit. Since I’ve been to the setting myself, it’s easy to weave the location into a story. My first effort is set in Henderson, Nevada a seemingly quiet sprawling city south of the craziness of Las Vegas. I taught classes in Henderson several times and found it to be like most suburban cities – quiet residential streets, shopping strip malls, and commercial development. A perfect setting for THE BIRTHDAY JINX. My second story, NO-BRAINER, is set in Mount Charleston, a mountain community I’ve spent time in hiking the trails and enjoying the wildlife, just 45 minutes from the bright lights of Las Vegas.
I’m currently outlining a new MG story that will have worldwide locations I’ve never been to. I’m beginning to wonder if maybe I should set the story in a more familiar place, like home here in Colorado. Questions are floating around in my head…
- Can your setting be a place you’ve never visited? I’m not creating a new world here with magical realism or science fiction, just a modern day, contemporary story.
- Does the scope of the Internet allow us freedom to visit places virtually, and then write about them as if we had lived or visited their themselves? Can you just Google instead of visiting for real?
- Does it matter as long as your setting purposely interacts with your plot?
Feel free to chime in with your own thoughts.