Hey everyone! Sorry to have missed my routine Thursday post, but I’m back today with the final part in my blog series on setting.
On this final post addressing arguably the most significant aspect of a novel, we’re going to talk about fitting your location to your plot (or even fitting your plot to your location).
The best thing about writing is that you can make up whatever you want to. In life, we have limits, but writing allows us to surpass these limits in any way that we please.
Let’s go through some writing scenarios.
- Let’s say that I’m a fantasy genre fanatic and I’ve chosen this genre for my novel. Most often, or at least in the books that I have read, fantasy novels usually have a totally fiction world the majority of the time. I’m talking purple skies, lush green forests without creepy insects, and some sort of different species of people. If I was dealing with a plot that consisted of elves, fairies, and other fantasy creatures, it would make more sense for me to create a landscape designed to them. Maybe elves live in trees, so the trees have to consequently be huge. You want to paint this picture in the reader’s mind, because this is an important aspect of the novel.
- Now let’s picture that you really want to write a fictional book set in the 20s about two starcrossed lovers. So at this point you’ve already picked your time period and you’ve got a pretty good idea of your main plot conflict, but you need to fill in the details. What did the buildings look like in that time period? What about the clothes? It’s important to create a cohesive setting that matches with your time period, while also matching your plot. Maybe the top of the family hierarchy didn’t allow love between the servants and their family at the time. This plot would make the most sense in the 20s, when rules were quite different than they are now.
I think that while it’s very important to have a nice conflict-infused juicy plotline and amazing characters, we shouldn’t underestimate the power of a good setting. Most likely, if the setting is amazing, I find that the rest of the book is good as well.
Hopefully this series has opened your eyes to the world of unique settings and will help you on your next writing project.