Setting is perhaps my favorite subject. It’s also my absolute favorite part of writing which can be a blessing or a curse depending on how you look at it. I admit, I can spend pages developing setting and it’s usually the first thing I have to have in my mind when I begin a new story. To me setting is another character in the book. A big, important character and NO I do not have favorites!
In town, there are narrow crooked alleys that often lead to dark places and dead ends. But the brightly painted houses practically smile at passersby and are stacked so close together you could lean out your window and touch your neighbor’s house without having to stretch. The cobblestone streets are uneven and make you feel a little off balance unless you’re from here and in that case you’d have strong ankles and walk with a lean.
Setting can be an important tool to
1. set the mood
2. develop characters
3. show time and place
4. foreshadow events
This list goes on which is why I am a self-professed setting enthusiast. It is so rich with possibility!