Whenever You Can Walk Your Settings

Although the internet provides myriad opportunities to virtually visit sites around the world, I still find nothing helps me understand a setting better than walking through it. Whenever you can walk your settings. In June, my husband, kids, and I explored the coastal town of Beaufort, North Carolina, the third oldest community in the state…. Continue Reading →

The Urban Setting Thesaurus

Nothing beats visiting a setting in person. But if that’s not possible, grab a copy of The Urban Setting Thesaurus: a Writer’s Guide to City Spaces by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. This reference book lists over 100 different settings found in an urban environment. For each setting, the authors list ways to evoke all… Continue Reading →

Find Settings that Help Your Mystery

Many articles and books describe how to create characters and plots for mysteries. But settings are just as important. If you’re writing in this genre, you need to find settings that help your mystery. Settings to Meet People In a mystery, the detective meets people, observes them, questions them. The plot can’t move forward without… Continue Reading →

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