Make Your Setting Realistic

A bit late sharing this with you folks, but I hope you’ll still head over to Story Empire today to read Joan Hall’s post, “Make Your Settings Realistic.” Joan has shared a lot of good tips for researching your book’s settings and/or habitats so you can avoid saying something so egregiously wrong it will pull readers right out of the story. I know you’ll enjoy this one and will want to share it with the immediate world! Thanks, and thanks to Joan for such an excellent post! 🙂

Story Empire

Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. Let’s talk about settings.

We’ve all heard the adage, “Write what you know.” Most of us assume our book should be something we’re familiar with. If you have a medical background, you might write medical thrillers. Former military or a military spouse? Maybe you want to write military fiction.

A rural East Texas road in winter

Writing what we know can also apply to settings. I grew up in Texas, so it was only natural to set my first novel in a fictitious Texas town. I know which plants are native to this area and what birds and animals live here. I’m familiar with the landscape and geographical features. I know area customs.

Somewhere in the southwestern United States

It’s easy to choose a place we’re familiar with. But if you’re like me, you don’t want all your books set in the same…

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