Obviously, it's important to any story. How does one come up with one? Most of the time it is a place we know or at least somewhere we could visit and experience the taste, feel, and smells of the place we want to create. But what about those places we don't know of. Those places we create out of nowhere that may or may not be light years away. What then? Imagination. We all have it, we use it always.
(Pictures from my town..isn't it cute.)
In current WiP, my setting is familiar (the town I live) and it also contains an imaginary one. Writing a mix of the two is frustrating and fun. With the town I live in, I can just walk outside and see it but with the other world I turn to my brain trying to show me. When writing them, I need to keep in mind the balance of explaining it vividly without over explaining it. This is another thing I'm working on because I can explain the death out of something. You do have to set it up for the reader so finding the right balance is important.
I also have been having a hard time coming up with names for the imaginary world. Currently, the names are on the back burner until the revisions are done or until I have an 'a-ha' moment.
So, I'm making it short and sweet today.
How do you come up with your settings (scenery)?
How do you come up with names of imaginary settings (scenery)?
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