Category Archives: Setting

Setting + Costumes = Stronger Characters

In theater, setting and costumes help the audience visualize the characters. There’s an art to choosing the perfect furniture piece or costume color. People who are good at dressing a show get paid a lot. Writers can use the same … Continue reading

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No Church in the Wild

Have you heard Kanye West’s lyrics in Jay-Z’s newly released music video? The haunting defiance of the bridge caught my attention: Human beings in a mob What’s a mob to a king? What’s a king to a god? What’s a … Continue reading

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Setting as Character

About five years ago, I got the chance to go to New York to see my first Broadway show. I bought tickets to see 42nd Street. As the orchestra tuned, I fidgeted in my seat. The house lights went down. … Continue reading

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HUNGER GAMES … Book or Movie?

Figures are in. HUNGER GAMES leapt from the page to the stage and grossed $19.7 million at the midnight premiere. Suzanne Collin’s story of the spunky underdog who takes on the elite class stirs opinions. One of the biggest debates is: … Continue reading

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Turning Setting into Character

I try to use all of my senses when describing a setting, and try to think of everything that would impact a character in any given scene. ~Mercedes Lackey, fantasy author One of my readers sent these lines for transforming … Continue reading

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Setting as Character

What [setting] never is, at least not in a good production, is a series of pretty pictures in front of which the actors pose and declaim. You need to use your setting for all it’s worth. Otherwise, it’s dead weight. … Continue reading

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