Writing Compelling Settings

This week on Hide and Create, Diana Rowland, Jordan Ellinger, Joshua Essoe, and David Dalglish discuss how to craft compelling and believable settings.

As an editor, one of the most frequent hiccups I see in the manuscripts submitted to me are confusing or vague settings. Sometimes the author has forgotten to write one altogether. This, as you might imagine, could hamper your readers’ enjoyment or comprehension — not to mention your ability to get the story sold.

So today, ask not what your setting can do for you, but what you can do for your setting.

About Joshua Essoe

Joshua Essoe is a full-time, freelance editor. He's done work for David Farland, including the multi-award winning novel, Nightingale, Dean Lorey, Moses Siregar, Jen Greyson and numerous Writers of the Future authors and winners, as well as many top-notch independents.

2 thoughts on “Writing Compelling Settings

  1. I learn more everytime I listen to this podcast. I have always considered my self a world creator. When I create my world I have hard time just memorizing everything because I tend to over do it. The fantasy world I created does not have one continent but about 10 countries. I want to write a novel for every country. Does that sound like too much. lol

    1. It’s not too much if it sells! The best thing about knowing so much about your world (even if you never use it all) is that your depth of knowledge will seep into your writing and make the parts you do write about that much more rich, textured and believable.

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