How to use setting to bring your story to life

Another writer with an awesome blog – Tauri Cox. In this blog post she writes about how the setting will bring your story to life.

Tauri Cox

A few weeks ago I read and reviewed Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi’s thesauruses on negative traits, positive traits, and emotions.

Then my obsession continued to grow. So I bought their two-part thesaurus on rural and urban settings.

Setting has always been something I’ve struggled with – or even forgotten – to include.

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Now each of these books contain a long list of potential settings from a country road to the back of a police car, and each lists sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures that might be encountered.

They also include possible sources of conflict and people commonly found in each location Add a few tips from the authors and an example – you’ve got everything you need to write a strong setting for each scene.

But here’s the question: Does “where” really matter?

Keep reading for the answer…

HINT: I’t’s yes.


As a Vehicle for Conflict

“Conflict needs…

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Leaping Out of the Box

Wisdom is here.

C. D'Angelo

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When have you gone beyond your comfort zone or “out of your box” in your life? Take a second to think (insert Jeopardy music). Okay, are you back? 😊 I hope you were able to think of an example, but if not, do not fear! I’m here to tell you about my author experiences lately and to hopefully encourage you to take that leap into the great beyond.

Let me clarify why I use the word leaping instead of getting out of the box or stepping out of the box. First, I use the term because getting out of the box is way too normal for me and I’m a quirky lady. LOL! But second, I think sometimes people contemplate taking a risk, possibly peek over the side of the metaphorical box, then either decide to stay or leave. Leaping means you boldly go into the wild by following your…

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The Anatomy of a SHORT Synopsis

Intense Life Coaching

After playing around on the interwebz this week I discovered a theme emerge among my writerly buds…lots of angst over the dreaded synopsis. Now, I’m not saying writing a synopsis is a piece of cake – far from it. But, there is a way to do it that s a little less painful.

The editors, agents and published authors I’ve spoken with have all said that shorter is better when it comes to the synopsis.

WHAT? SHORTER…It’s hard enough cramming the storyline of a 70 – 80K novel into a few pages single spaced. Now I need to cram it into 500 words or so. CRAZY!

True…but totally doable too.

That is, once you really KNOW the arc of your story.

That’s right, a synopsis can be an easy endeavor, relatively speaking, if you have taken the time to plot out your story arc.

For me, the easy way to…

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Burton on Trent Landmarks #10 – Coltman VC Peace Wood, Winshill

Resonant.

Martyn's Blog

On this sunny but cold Saturday morning (27th March 2021), I walked from my home up to Winshill to have a look around the Coltman VC Peace Wood, just off Mill Hill Lane. I have been up Mill Hill Lane many times whilst out walking, but never ventured into the Peace Wood until now.

William Harold Coltman, VC, DCM & Bar, MM & Bar was born in the village of Rangemore near Burton on Trent in November 1891. A Christian, he worked as a market gardener in Burton and taught at the Sunday School in Winshill. In January 1915, he joined up to serve in the British Army in the First World War. Coltman served in The North Staffordshire Regiment as a stretcher bearer, refusing to bear arms because of his Christian faith.

In October 1918, he had heard that wounded soldiers near Sequehart in France had been left behind…

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6 Tricks to Layer on Stakes — WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®

Stakes are what are at risk in a story. It might be that the protagonist’s life is at risk, or perhaps a romantic relationship, or maybe the opportunity to go on a long-awaited trip (Hello, Covid!). But I find this definition a little vague. So I prefer to think of stakes as potential consequences. Stakes…

6 Tricks to Layer on Stakes — WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V. E. Schwab

Val’s fascinating review of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.

Bookshelves & Teacups

Before we start this, I’m not one to care for spoilers. On the contrary, I try to gather as much info as I can before jumping into something, be it a book, a movie, a project or life in general –yes, I am a real control freak, I know–, so I don’t mind reading pieces of plot here and there in a review. Anyway, since I realize many people don’t like knowing in advance what happens, I try to hide spoilers as much as I can. Today, as the title suggest, I’m writing about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, written by V.E. Schwab. As always, spoilers will be hidden behind a wall of white text.

Adeline LaRue is born in a small village in France at the end of the seventeenth century, where she grows up feeling that she’s meant for more than living dying and being…

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Monsters

I’ve taken over the gardening since the virus reached our shores.

There were monsters everywhere, mostly in the shape of many robust Phormiums and boney Cotoneasters. Using my shears and hairdressing skills, I took them all to task. And now they’re clipped, trimmed, and far less scary.

This activity had two positive effects: it kept me fit and, boy, does the garden look better.

It was therapeutic mentally, too.

The virus, that’s chosen our species as its favourite snack, has got in amongst us on more than one level. It insidious unknown nature has attacked us where it hurts the most: our gregarious, bonding needs. Even socially dysfunctional introverts like myself are affected by the curtailing of meeting up with and hugging loved ones.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in favour of staying safe and well by masking up and keeping our distance from each other while the virus continues to run rampant around our country. My point is, we have to acknowledge the extra damage – in some cases long-term physical damage – this virus has done to our mental well-being. Being hyper-vigilant day after day, week after week, month after month is exhausting.

Getting the garden under control was a useful way to externalise my fear and, yes, fury against the devastating effects that this monstrous virus has wrought around this planet.

Stay safe and well, dear friends.

How to Tame A Goose

Research for my novel. Excellent article.

Save the Heritage Poultry

So, lets say that you just brought a new goose home.  This goose might be mean and freaked out for the first few days.  But then you notice that it still is mean, but a little less freaked out, a few weeks later.  You try to treat it like a dog- you tell it no, stop, and you do not move out of the way.  That only made it worse.

Geese aren’t like dogs.  Geese are very territorial, and if you stand up to them and make them believe that you are the boss, they find you as a threat.  The best thing to do is to stand aside a few days.  Then try to tame your bird again- without treating it like a dog.  Here are some great tips for taming your goose.  Good luck!

1. Water bottles won’t work!

2. Make eye contact with the gander at all…

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