TCWT Blog Chain - September

Sunday, September 9, 2012

“How much does setting affect your novels and stories? What are some of your favorite ways to portray setting?”

I love setting. It's one of the biggest parts of any story--Brave would not have been Brave without Disney-Pixar's beautiful, cool hued take on ancient (Celtic?) Scotland. Harry Potter would have not been HP without Hogwarts. (Ravenclaw House FTW!) And so on.

But as much as I love setting, it's something I struggle with. When I first started writing, setting wasn't important to me. I'm serious--even as recently as six months ago I could have an idea before plopping it in a mind-bogglingly different setting. Then another. And another. And another. 

This year, I'm doing major planning for my NaNoWriMo 12' novel, Deathwish. Aside from trying as hard as I can to make sure my main character, Kyrie Deccad, is both well rounded and relatable; I'm paying attention to setting as well. Politics and the polluted, toxic environment of my world play a big part in my novel.

One of my favorite ways to portray setting is to have it be mainly an effect of my character's actions. If she's joined a rebellion, the only person she can blame is herself when she gets banned from the showers for a month for using four times her allotted water supply per week.


Alright, I should probably stop before this becomes a long winded dialog about the horrors I plan to inflict on the cast of Deathwish. *cough* Thank you for reading, everyone, and I look forward to your commentary. Tell me, what are some of your favorite parts about setting and how do they affect your stories?
September 5––Musings From Neville’s Navel
September 6––Olivia’s Opinions
September 7––Miriam Joy Writes
September 8––Kirsten Writes!
September 9––Beyond the Moon
September 10––Crazy Red Pen
September 11––The Ebony Quill
September 12––Reality Is Imaginary
September 13––This Page Intentionally Left Blank
September 14––The Incessant Droning of a Bored Writer
September 15––All I Need Is A Keyboard
September 16––Teens Can Write, Too! (We will be announcing the topic for next month’s chain)


  1. Wahey! Ravenclaw House are obviously the best, with all due respect to anyone wandering around who ISN'T cool enough to be one of us...

    1. *Claw' fistbump of epicness* No offense, other houses... but agreed. :P

      And as a testament to my Ravenclawness, I would like to point out you intended to write 'Ravenclaw House is obviously the best'. ;)


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