Readers want adventure – writers want a place to make it happen
Whether the good guys and bad guys are fighting with aircraft carriers and jets, Smith & Wesson .38 caliber police specials, swords and siege engines or magic spells, the writer needs a place to make it happen. Giving the reader a great place doesn’t mean going back to the old days when authors inserted hundred of words of description.
It’s simply a matter of having characters walk across something other than a blank canvas or a simplistic canvas. And, it also means using the place within the story rather than as a bunch of buildings, mountains, mobs of people, or wine-red seas in the background.
You may not know this place, but as an author, I hope my passion for it, makes the story more real and more exciting than it would be if I threw a dart at a map and said, “okay, there’s where my story will happen.”
When you put a book down, you’ll probably walk away with memories of what the characters did and said. The glue that holds all that together, however, is the place. And for the author, it has to be a place that s/he loves or hates with a relentless vengeance.
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