Our post ‘6 ways to bring setting to life’ provided practical advice for how to immerse your reader in a believable place. Now you can read, share and save a handy infographic containing those same insights.
Talking about setting: time
Will your novel be set in a historical or contemporary time period? What will the time of year and season be? This post will help you to ask and answer important questions about your novel.
Talking about setting: place
Although this aspect of the novel includes both place and time, the former is often given the most attention. Depending on your genre you will need to consider different elements of the environment in which your novel takes place. Worldbuilding, when writing speculative or fantasy fiction, for example, is important. This post suggests ways you can create a strong sense of place.
Writing Setting: ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’
Countless writers have written novels about unfamiliar destinations that transport the reader and convey a sense of local custom and culture. This post examines what writers can learn about writing place from the movie ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ which is set in India and was adapted from Deborah Moggach’s book These Foolish Things.
Other Resources for Researching Setting
Trip Advisor provides plenty of reviews, images and descriptions of local attractions across a vast range of travel destinations. Travel websites are especially useful if you wish to write a travel narrative of your own (for example, a story of a group of people relocating to an unfamiliar country as in These Foolish Things).
Google Maps lets you walk the same streets that your characters will, in cities you may never have visited before.
The Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides a useful resource including country briefs for 240 countries and economies. Using this resource you can quickly find basic information about the socio-economic conditions of a foreign country that forms the backdrop for your story.
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