Posted on August 13, 2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The town in which we attended college was, objectively, not an interesting place: 18,000 residents (counting generously), few of the retail and restaurant chains we were accustomed to, very little in the way of landscape.

But boy, did we forge the memories there — and upon returning there after a ten-year absence, our hearts sure beat faster (and not because of the questionable weather conditions).

As objectively unremarkable as that town was, C.S. Lakin would describe it as powerful, if it served as the backdrop to a novel starring us, and that’s because of our emotional connect to it.

Lakin has another deep dive into the art of crafting a powerful setting on her writing blog.

Check out her advice on how to ensure that your settings trigger emotion in the characters, how to choose the best place for a novel’s high moment, why weather actually matters, and more at Live Write Thrive.

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