Hello everyone! We hope that all of you are doing well and staying safe. This week, we’re tackling the setting for your work. Specifically, the time and place. While you could intentionally be very vague in these respects, it helps to give the reader some information in order for them to have a better idea of the background in your story. Time and place act as a frame of reference from which the reader can get their bearings. These details can quickly help to set a mood or tone for your book.
On this episode, we talk about how the genre in which you write will help dictate how specific you should be when it comes to establishing time and place. “Stardate 7-3-3064: the Dragon Nebula” works for a sci-fi novel, but you really wouldn’t want the hard-boiled detective in your crime novel to deduce that the murder took place after the 2nd moon-rising in the Age of Aqion on the Peak of Loquaciousness”.
One thing you’ll hear us repeat over and over this week is that you’ve got to do your research, or at least write well enough to make it look like you did. The devil is in the details with this stuff, folks. So what can you do to help yourself with all this? Why, listen to us for good advice, of course. (You saw that one coming, didn’t you?)
And please remember friends, we’re all stuck on this world together, so let’s respect one another and try to spread some good will.
Music: White Crow by XTaKeRuX is used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.