Writing Tip — 30


When I write, I’m creating worlds for my characters to live and grow in. A place where they live, learn, love, and die, perhaps. Even if the story is set in a city or neighborhood I lived in, I add my own twist to it, marking it as my creation.

For modern settings, I learn what I can about an area by using the internet. Everything you need to know about a city, town, or village can be found here. This includes maps, so you can accurately describe a chase scene, and the types of buildings found in the area. There are house plans you can study to make a homeless for your character or an office building owned by a power-hungry group of criminals. Maybe your main character owns a used bookstore or has a favorite restaurant they frequent. Find what you need on the internet, make a few changes and it now fits your story. My current work in progress is set in the neighborhood I lived in for 48 years. I knew the city like the back of my hand, seeing the changes that occurred over the years. Another part of the story takes place in two areas I’ve never visited, so I turned to the internet to learn what I needed, printing out maps of the areas, checking business directories to discover what stores and hotels are in the area.

Maybe your story is set in a different country. Once again, the internet is your best friend for researching the area. The library can help as well, with travel guides for the country. Heck, if you need basic information, go to the children’s section of the library for the books you need.

If you set your story in a historical period of time, hit the library, study atlases of world history so you have a good idea of how countries were divided back then. Read history books for that time period. Learn about the rulers and the powers behind those rulers. Another thing to keep in mind is religious beliefs, since religion played an important part in people’s lives and the political landscape. If this is your first foray into writing historical fiction, read historical novels to see how the author did it.

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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5 Responses to Writing Tip — 30

  1. Great post! Thanks, Anna.

  2. Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog and commented:
    Here’s a great post from Anna Dobritt on the topic of creating worlds in your writing.

  3. M. L. Kappa says:

    Good post, thanks Anna!

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