As we storytellers sit before the keyboard to craft our magic, we’re usually laser-focused on the two titans of fiction: plot and character. Yet, there’s a third element that impacts almost every aspect of the tale, one we really need to home in on as well: the setting.
The setting is so much more than a painted backdrop, more than a stage for our characters to tromp across during the scene. Used to its full advantage, the setting can characterize the story’s cast, supply mood, steer the plot, provide challenges and conflict, trigger emotions, help us deliver those necessary snippets of backstory…and that’s just scratching the surface. So the question is this: how do we unleash the full power of the setting within our stories?
Well, there’s some good news on that front. Two new books have released this week that may change the description game for writers. The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces and The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Personal and Natural Spaces look at the sights, smells, tastes, textures, and sounds a character might experience within 225 different contemporary settings. And this is only the start of what these books offer writers.
In fact, swing by and check out this hidden entry from the Rural Setting Thesaurus: Ancient Ruins.
And there’s one more thing you might want to know more about….
Becca and Angela, authors of The Emotion Thesaurus, are celebrating their double release with a fun event going on from June 13-20th called ROCK THE VAULT. At the heart of the Writers Helping Writers site is a tremendous vault, and these two ladies have been hoarding prizes of epic writerly proportions.
A safe full of prizes, ripe for the taking…if the writing community can work together to unlock it, of course.
Ready to do your part? Stop by Writers Helping Writers to find out more!
Sounds fun doesn’t it? Go check out how to unlock prizes.
I had the pleasure of reading the Rural Setting Thesaurus.
Here is MY REVIEW 5 meows!
The Rural Setting Thesaurus is a great tool for all writers. no matter what genre you write the settings are as important as the characters and plot. I didn’t realize just how much until I read this book. I learned so much and will be using this book in the future for all my writing. There are so many examples and tips before you get to the actual Thesaurus part broken down into many settings. The table of contents is linked so you can click it and go right to the pages you need. It is so easy to use, interesting to read and easy to follow. I loved the Emotion Thesaurus books and I will love these just as much. If you write these are tools you need in your library I also can’t wait to check out the Urban Thesaurus as well.
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.