Sunday, October 31, 2010
Evolution of a Novel Series ~ Setting
Not long ago my fabulous editor, Barbara Scott, shared with me how the setting of a novel, a location such as a manor house, home, etc. can be a character in your novel. How so? It is the touch point for several elements.
Time: Seasons. Day or night. Month or year in scene.
Place: A fictional or real town, city, village, or dwelling. Showing a scene inside or outside.
Mood: Brings forth the atmosphere of the scene and setting. Is the setting a dark place? Is it a cheerful place? It could be a drafty old house, or a warm one with hearth fires and heavy quilts on the beds.
Your storyline will need a setting that reflects all it encompasses.
Here are a few links I've used to help me narrow down a setting. Obviously, in the Daughters of the Potomac Series, the setting is along the Potomac River in the late 18th century. The books are also set in England, in the Hope Valley. I chose both settings for a purpose. They reflect the storyline.
If you are contemplating where to set your novel, try these links.
Pictures of England is a wonderful website showcasing towns, villages, counties, and attractions in England. http://www.picturesofengland.com/
America in Pictures: http://www.terragalleria.com/america/
Discover USA Places: Click on cities on the map and get information. http://www.discoveramerica.com/uk/places.html
Castles of Britain: http://www.castles-of-britain.com/
Castles of America by state: http://www.dupontcastle.com/castles/
Posted by Rita Gerlach at 2:12 PM