Setting the scene in a story

Murder Mystery Blog

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Following on from my blog about writing the main character I’m now going to move on to the next element of a good story; the scene or the place where it is set.

People often read stories as a way of escaping and the setting of a story may be a different world entirely to that in which the reader lives. This doesn’t mean it has to be an alien planet, but it may be a different country or a different time. Lifestyles can be so different that it may seem like an alien place to the reader. The important thing is that there is detail and consistency.

Ian Fleming was very good at setting the scene in his stories. The mind is an amazing thing and it can create a vivid movie given the right sort of prompts. Make sure that the reader can see what is around the…

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