Hi everyone! Thought I'd drop in for a Sunday post. It has been a pretty lazy day so far. I am coming off of a bout of writers block and have been trying to brainstorm new ideas for my middlegrade science fiction novel.
Writers have the ability to be 'architects' and create new worlds--real or imaginary--from scratch. It is like a superpower.
For my current middle grade novel, there are a lot of scenic backdrops that I try to portray. At the same time, there are difficulties in that I don't want to paint the entire story for the reader, and allow some of their own imagination to grab onto it and take it from there.
Sometimes, I get stuck in a rut of wanting to use the same descriptions over and over. One way to combat this is to take a camera anytime you leave the house--for a walk, trip the park, or vacation, and take photographs. An idea I've been toying around with is creating a "setting journal" where I keep photographs of landscapes if I am in need of starting with a setting. Here are some ideas:
One is Las Vegas, Nevada:
So there you have it. Writers are basically the same thing as Slartibartfast.
What challenges have you had in terms of setting?