I spent most of my summer in Inglewood, California. I am back in Boise. Deep, deep sigh of contentment. As always, arriving at the Boise airport is a magical experience. The tension gripping my body evaporates and a sense of peace settles over me.
My travel experience made me wonder about how the setting of your story plays an important role. Where someone lives impacts their lives. Having a story set in Los Angeles vs. Boise would make a difference in my story.
How does setting affect your characters’ lives?
Here’s an example. It would be unusual to live in Boise, but work in Twin Falls. That’s an hour and a half commute. We, Idahoans, don’t tend to work that far from home. Now, if I lived in Los Angeles, an hour and a half commute wouldn’t be unacceptable. Do you see how setting might impact your characters?
Let’s do one of those annoying writing exercises. Change the location of your current WIP and see what differences that would make in your characters’ lives. How would it change who they are?
Let me know what discoveries you are able to make about your characters through this activity.