Lesson #82: Exercises for SETTING

From now on, every five lessons we will incorporate an “exercise” lesson. Consider these lessons the “workbook” portion of your very own “Write Nook Textbook”. Take what you’ve learned from these last few lessons on setting. You can use the prompts/exercises below (modifying them if you’d like) or search for similar exercises from trustworthy sites/books […]

Lesson #79: What’s in a Setting?

In one of my college courses (I’m an English Literature major), I read a novel titled “Waiting for the Barbarians” by J. M. Coetzee. It’s an intriguing book for several reasons, but especially because of how the novel was written: it has very little defined setting. Let me explain.  The book is intentionally written to […]

Lesson 78: Got Setting?

Does your life take place in a vacuum? If I zapped you with a transporter ray and dropped you in the middle of Saudi Arabia, would that make a difference to your everyday life? Think about this for a minute. Pick today and lay out your day. Could you do your life in Saudi Arabia? […]

Lesson #15: Setting and Research

We’ve all been there. You know you’ve been there. We read books set in such-and-such a place in such-and-such a time; we also live in such-and-such a place and have done our research about such-and-such a time. So it’s incredibly aggravating when an author writes inaccurate information. Or when an author uses unrealistic content. Or […]