Happy Thursday everyone! It’s one of my favorite days out of the week, so today I’m bringing to you part two of my blog series on setting.
Last time we talked about time period, and making sure that your time period fits your novel. Basically what we discovered is that the more realistic it is, the better, unless you were creating a total alternate fiction world that we haven’t experienced before.
Today we’re going to talk about weather and location.
In my first novel, The Last Emerald, my main characters travel to Muzo, Colombia to an emerald mine. This location wasn’t randomly picked. There are actual emerald mines in Muzo, Colombia. Also, the weather in Colombia is hot, opposed to the fall and winter weather in my character’s hometown. So, they packed and wore clothes designed for warm weather.
Picking a specific location based on actual facts is what can give your story a realistic feel. That doesn’t mean that you need to have an exact map of your location telling you where everything is. Imagination is good. But, it wouldn’t exactly be believable if I placed the emerald mine in New York, would it?
So, if you’re planning on choosing a real location, it wouldn’t hurt to do some research on certain areas that offer what you need in your novel.
Now, let’s talk about weather. Not only can it offer more realistic opportunities for your novel, but it can also give a creative spin to some of your scenes. When I was working on Road to the Throne I followed a writing prompt generator to give me some ideas and inspiration. One of the prompts was ‘A rainstorm appears in your next scene’. I don’t think I’ve actually ever written in a scene with a rainstorm in the other books I’ve published. So, I wrote in a rainstorm in my next scene, which happened to be a battle scene. It was pretty awesome.
So, what I’m saying is don’t forget about weather like I mostly have. It’s really useful in most cases.
That’s all I have for you today… I think.