Who they evolve into, what fears they push past, how they take on pain to reach fulfillment regardless of the challenges—all of these steps in the character's journey, combined with the plot, can create a fascinating trek through the pages of a novel. And yet there's another element that's needed to meld the story and character arc together: the setting.
Choosing the right one for each scene is critical to give deeper meaning to the character's inner and outer journeys. The right setting can symbolize our protagonists' goals, remind them of their past, steer their choices through emotional triggers, and lend them the strength to soldier on, no matter what opposition stands in their way. But what if "the right setting choice" is one we haven't experienced ourselves first hand? How do we describe it?
Well, there's some good news on that front. Two new books have released this week that may change the description game for writers. The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to City Spaces and The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Personal and Natural Spaces look at the sights, smells, tastes, textures, and sounds that a character might experience within 225 different contemporary settings. And this is only the start of what these books offer writers. In fact, swing by and check out this hidden entry, HOUSE PARTY, a location from the Rural Setting Thesaurus volume.
Review: Rural Setting Thesaurus (both applies to both volumes!)
5 stars all the way! This book is choc full of useful information for all sorts of settings in a rural situation. I am currently utilizing the book for a scene in my work in progress. What an invaluable tool. This series is beyond awesome and well worth having in your writing arsenal. From possible sources of conflict, related areas of interest, tactile information for all of the senses and much, much more...this is a book every writer should have on hand to use as reference.
And there's one more thing you might want to know more about....
A safe full of prizes, ripe for the taking...if the writing community can work together to unlock it, of course.