Lesson #79: What’s in a Setting?

In one of my college courses (I’m majoring in English Literature), 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 […]