Last month I boldly declared myself a writer, so I thought I should get to some actual writing. One particular idea has been lingering in my mind for a few years and I’ve been slowly fleshing it out since April.
Over the last week I have been overflowing with thoughts and questions about my characters – their goals, their desires, their arcs, their obstacles. Consequently I have little else on my mind so I hope you won’t mind this departure from my typical mommy blog fare. If you mind, I’ll be back to it soon enough. Check back in a few days.
If you are game for taking a ride into my fiction world, today’s topic is setting. I, personally, am a city girl and most of my travel consists of visiting other cities around the world or tropical islands. I have little to no experience with what I envision as the setting for my story.
The novel is a dark thriller – no mommies or budding romances here. I might call it fantasy, but don’t worry, there are no goblins or trolls or vampires either. I feel in my gut it needs to be in particular place, even though I have no first hand knowledge of this location.
This is the rough sketch I have in my mind:
-the town is full of big, old houses with rickety fences in disrepair.
-hot spots include a bar, a hospital and a university.
-the landscape is sparse. The summers are blistering, the winters frigid. No tree-lined streets. No lush gardens. Even if the climate would sustain them, the inhabitants couldn’t.
-there are wooded areas. Or at least one.
-there may (or may not) be a lake.
-most of the residents have lived their whole lives in this town, though a fair amount have gone off to war and returned.
This is where I turn to you my friends. Have you been to this place? Do you know it otherwise? Where in the US is it (town, state, region)? Are there other distinguishing features that pop into your head?