008I – Creating a Great Setting: An Interview with Marcy Weydemuller

Episode 008I Creating a Great Setting

Marcy Weydemuller is an editor, writing teacher, and author of books for kids and adults. Today she is talking to us about setting. In many genres, setting is practically a character in the book. But a silent setting can also have quite an impact. It can be a mirror or a shadow of the character, the tone, or the atmosphere of any novel in any genre.

Marcy shares a few examples of different kinds of settings from her book, Eight Strategies for Writing Innovative Settings. Think of setting as being part of the main character’s journey. You can practice finding what to add to this setting-journey by walking down your own street and noticing all the details, thinking about how those details affect the characters/people living there.

One book Marcy mentions as making great use of setting is Merrie Destefano’s Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles.

Setting can tie into theme, myth, metaphor and so much more. Marcy gives us so many ideas of how to integrate setting into our stories to make them richer and fuller!

About the author, Kitty

Kitty Bucholtz writes superhero urban fantasy and romantic comedy, often with an inspirational element woven in. After earning her M.A. in Creative Writing, she formed Daydreamer Entertainment and began self-publishing. Founder of the WRITE NOW! Workshop and the new WRITE NOW! Workshop Podcast, she loves to teach in person and online. Learn more at https://www.writenowworkshop.com.

1 Comment

  1. Tisha Martin on 01/04/2018 at 10:09 PM

    Thank you, Marcy, for this excellent podcast! Kitty, thanks for hostessing! Setting has been a challenge for me in years past, but recently, it’s been exhilarating to figure out how it mingles with the story and greatly enhances the overall plot.

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