It’s Mason Monday. Location. Location. Location.

In my last few post, I haven’t talked much about craft. Today I want to talk about locations.

One of the things I notice about new writers don’t have a thread that weaves the locations in the book or they simply are there but don’t add to the scene.

Unlike movies, I wonder how much time the author spent thinking about location.  Most books have a number of locals’, places where scenes take place right? Those are defined in reality or not. But how much thought do you put into why there? Is there a better place for this to happen? A more dramatic place?

Example if you are going to have a confrontation, why do it behind closed doors. Why not have  it at the family Christmas party? I love tormenting my characters.

If the protagonist is going to catch the hero messing around with another woman, why not have her co-workers with her at business lunch to witness the humiliation. Later in the book, she meets the new love interest at the same location. Of course the place doesn’t hold warm and fussy feelings for her. Voila. The location is now adding a new layer to the texture of the story.

Make the locations another layer to your writing.

Reuse locals’. Why? For one, the reader has a sense of the places the characters go to.  The reader can conjure back up what they remember of the place. The way we do with the smell of grandma’s house. This makes writers work easier and gives the reader a sense of knowing the place the character goes to.

Of course, this doesn’t work for every type of book. Spy, on the run books that never have the same local twice can’t use the technique but even in the use of many locations you can better pick them. Might not be the same place but always in cafes or in a church.

Ask yourself have I weaved the locations in as much as possible?

I like to have what I call epicenters in my books usually one local per point of view character that is their place. This place anchors them in the story. Sometime the character has no anchor and that is because they are nomadic or at the whim of others.

In AEQUITAS I BETRAYAL, Auria’s bedchamber. Now available.

In AEQUITAS II PUNISHMENT, Grant’s bedchamber. Coming Jan 17th 2011.

In CHOCOLATE DAMSEL, 1940 Europe as the Nazi invade. Coming May 2nd 2011.

Darkness ♀♂ Desires

About Susan Hanniford Crowley

Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, and Science Fiction Author
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1 Response to It’s Mason Monday. Location. Location. Location.

  1. You’re so right. Location is so important. A great location reinforces the main characters. A great location that the character interacts make a story powerful and memorable. If you want to see characters interact with a location, watch TREME on HBO, and you’ll know exactly what I mean.

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