“My books begin with a place, the feeling I want to set a book there, whether it’s an empty stretch of beach or a community of people.”
—P.D. James in an interview with Salon.com
It’s been said that a vivid setting is like another main character in the novel, and sometimes it is. At the very least, your setting has to be credible and fit your story’s plot, characters, theme, and emotional tone.
Setting includes these dimensions:
I began writing There Was an Old Woman with a mental image of Mina Yetner, a ninety-one-year-old woman sitting on her back porch, gazing across a salt marsh, ...