Sunday, March 30, 2014

Elements of Writing

Welcome to my rejuvenated blog!
Introducing a blog dedicated to the craft of fiction writing. Elements of writing for newbie writers, experienced writers, and multi-published authors.
Join in the conversation every Sunday for a fresh look at what elevates a story from conception to finished to fabulous.

When crafting a novel, a writer faces overwhelming challenges with the numerous elements necessary to create a riveting, can't-put-down, must-turn-the-page story.
Have you ever read a book and scratched your head because it just doesn't work for some reason? As a writer, when I'm bored with a book, I attempt to identify why the story doesn't work for me. I contemplate what I would do differently. What is missing from the story? What could be changed or enhanced for me to fall in love with the novel and keep reading?
Most readers don't take the time to wonder, they simply put the book down and reach for another.

Our job as writers, as crafters of stories, is to keep the reader engaged, enthralled -- enthusiastic to keep reading to the end. :)

Elements of Writing: Character, plot, conflict, pacing, style and setting...description, dialogue, narrative, tense and point of view.

Every Sunday I will offer up ideas, thoughts, comments, suggestions, on the many layers and nuances of each of these elements of writing. And I will feature guest posts from other writers as well.

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First up: Setting

Often times when a discussion centers around crafting a novel, setting is barely mentioned. Usually one asks "What is your story about? What happens in your story? Who is the main protagonist and what is his/her struggle?" All imperative to your story, of course.
I'm interested in asking, "Where does your story take place and why?"

Where in the world -- or other world -- does your favorite book take place?

Off the top of your head, what is your all time favorite novel, and what is the setting? Or settings?
How about your favorite movie? TV show?
Where is an unforgettable place you have visited? Or lived?
What is the setting of your latest WIP (work in progress).


Setting is location, but it encompasses so much more -- atmosphere, weather, lighting, architecture, history.
The nose-tickling smell of a musty old building. The harsh sunlight beating down on an Arizona desert.

One of my books takes place during a frigid New England winter. Constant snowfalls and cold temperatures wreak havoc with my characters and their emotions.

Check back next Sunday for another installment of One Writer's Perspective with more on Setting.


Muriel said...

Can't wait for next Sunday when I'll check into your latest blog and read another interesting comment. Thank you, Cindy.

Liz Smith said...
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Dell Smith said...

Setting a story during a snowstorm or in a snowy area can help set a tone: scary or solitary. Often nothing good will come of it. Unless of course it's a couple skiing and meeting cute on the slopes.
I have been reading a lot of Latin American fiction lately, all of it set in locales I've never visited myself. I guess i like to read about exotic places in realistic ways.
I set my own stories in places I've lived or visited: Cape Cod, Boston, CT., Manhattan, L.A.
One setting I've been trying to work into a story is a corporate building that has been shut down due to a company closing. A building empty of people but full of empty desks, kitchens, and labs.
Now an empty corporate building during a snowstorm...that's a setting full of potential...
Great to read your blog again Cindy. I'll be sure to check back every Sunday!

Cynthia Sherrick said...

Thanks for reading, Dell. I love the idea of an empty corporate building for a setting. Can't wait to read your book!

Robin said...

I love your idea of looking at different aspects of writing! Don't worry -- I'll be checking in every Sunday.