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Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters

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This reference guide is a tool to help you organize your thoughts and ideas to obtain the goal of making a setting that feels like a character.
This valuable reference guide is useful in revealing a simplified way to create settings that feel like characters by using an organized sketch sheet. This practical approach will help focus your writing. The challenge of making a s
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Kindle Edition, 35 pages
Published March 28th 2015 (first published March 26th 2015)
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Amy
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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A Useful Resource

World building is one of the trickier aspects of writing fiction. Making a place feel real and engaging - especially if that place only exists in the author's mind - can take careful planning. This book may help authors develop their fictional worlds by asking questions about culture, setting, landmarks, etc. Not a comprehensive resource, and doesn't get into the craft of how to write setting. But still definitely worthwhile for beginning authors who are looking for help in crea
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Juneta Key
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing-craft
This is short read. I read a lot of book about the writing craft. There is not quite one out there like this one. Definitely worth adding to your library.
Michelle
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It takes great writing skill to make a setting/place feel real and dynamic, so that it "comes alive" for the reader.
This book provides tons of information on how to incorporate the setting into the story, so that it becomes an integral part of the characters' experience.
This is a reference guide that any writer can turn to again and again, for various writing projects, and as the need arises.
A handy resource!
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Ronel Janse van Vuuren
“If the main character can achieve the same outcome in any place, the setting is not important.”

The character sketch sheet provided for settings is much the same as what one would fill out for any traditional character – and it opened my eyes to some things one glosses over as unimportant to the story, but extremely important to the “character”.

The author expounds on each point, showing the reader how they can easily make their setting vital to the story and the main character.

Concise and to the
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Jemima Pett
I was intrigued with the idea of treating a setting like a character. I wondered how to do it. This useful guide outlines a worksheet and then takes you through all the various opportunities you have to populate it, showing that a boring old place has its own unique style and presence.

As I read, I constantly thought of my Viridian System series, checking that I had considered or included elements of Dorner’s ideas. I don’t think I’ve done too badly, but I’d class my attempts as world-building. I
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Jerry Walch
Preparing To Write Settings That Feel Like Characters by J. Lenni Dorner takes a new and innovative approach to creating fictional settings. The old saying is that you can’t judge a book by its cover, or, as some put it, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But what reader/writer among you doesn’t. I did! The first thought that crossed my mind was, how could a setting feel like a character? For me, settings were the places where the story took place, places where the characters interacted. I ...more
Steph
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent easy advice

This is a super handy guide. It is easy to create a setting in my mind and even to write about events happening in that setting, but to truly have an amazing story the setting needs to become something more. This is especially true for sci fi, which is my passion. This books contains great advice for doing just that.
A
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Short but informative

This book was very helpful in informing me on how to world build. I do feel better prepared to write settings that feel like characters after reading this book.
Toi Thomas
Actual rating 4.5

This was an IWSG Book Club read.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because it didn't waste my time. The Setting Character Sketch introduced is a simple and practical approach to writing better settings. I agreed with every insight shared within these pages to some degree and know I will return to this book as a reference guide quite often. My only complaint is that I wanted more of it. It was a very short read and lacked the one thing I always look for in a "how-to" or "se
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J. Dorner
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote it, so of course I love it!
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