ratherastory: ([SPN] Writing Is Hard!)
Okay, fellow writers, I have a question.

How do you handle real-life settings with which you're not familiar? I've been reading (dangerous, I know), and many of the books on writing all agree that having a strong setting will add richness and depth to your story.

On the surface, I totally agree. I am a big fan of good world-building when it comes to sci fi and fantasy, for instance. I also love books in which I get a real feel for the setting, the stench of a city's underbelly or the stark beauty of the cityscape at night, the fragrant smells of farmland, etc. I can usually tell when an author is writing about a setting they've lived in or experienced first hand.

The few times I've used setting to good effect, it's been when I was familiar with the locale. In my long-abandoned zombie novel, I was able to follow the characters from street to street and describe in very accurate detail not only what they were seeing, but the kind of weather they were experiencing, the colour of the buildings, etc. In another story, The Built in a Day Job, to be precise, I used my recent trip to Rome in the springtime to evoke all the sights and sounds and smells of the city that were vital to what I was trying to accomplish in my story.

So what am I supposed to do when I need to set my story in one or more places with which I'm not at all familiar? Somewhere I've never been? I can give overall impressions of a place based on research, but I have no idea how to get the level of detail I would like to put into a story. Is there really a shop on that street corner in Memphis? Is that a one-way street? What bus routes should my characters be taking in Calgary? Is there even reliable public transit? What's the weather like in Colorado in March? What did Cambridge smell like in summer in the late 1800s?

So how do you handle it when you have to write in an unfamiliar setting? Any advice?
ratherastory: (H50 (Danny *hearts* Steve))
Trying the episode reaction thing I usually do with SPN. Those of you who aren't familiar with this, it's just me commenting on the episode as it happens. There is a lot of squee, a lot of flailing, and not much by way of insightful thinking. ;)


Welcome back to Steve's face! )
ratherastory: (H50 (Danny *hearts* Steve))
Trying the episode reaction thing I usually do with SPN. Those of you who aren't familiar with this, it's just me commenting on the episode as it happens. There is a lot of squee, a lot of flailing, and not much by way of insightful thinking. ;)


Welcome back to Steve's face! )

Gaaah....

Jul. 5th, 2011 08:08 pm
ratherastory: (SPN Writing is Hard!)
If you need me, I'll be over here in this corner, quietly (or not-so-quietly) freaking out over my summergen.

The SPN re-watch will start once I've finished summergen. Thanks for your understanding. :P

Gaaah....

Jul. 5th, 2011 08:08 pm
ratherastory: (SPN Writing is Hard!)
If you need me, I'll be over here in this corner, quietly (or not-so-quietly) freaking out over my summergen.

The SPN re-watch will start once I've finished summergen. Thanks for your understanding. :P
ratherastory: (Default)
Okay, flist, I know it's a weird question, but it's for SCIENCE!

Anyone out there with a ferret who'd be willing to chat with me about ferret habits/mannerisms/behaviours and the ins and outs of having a ferret as a pet?

Thanks in advance!
ratherastory: (Default)
Okay, flist, I know it's a weird question, but it's for SCIENCE!

Anyone out there with a ferret who'd be willing to chat with me about ferret habits/mannerisms/behaviours and the ins and outs of having a ferret as a pet?

Thanks in advance!
ratherastory: (Wait Here)
Okay, so all I know about this episode is that it's an Edlund episode, which makes me worry, and judging by the few comments I've seen go by it appears to be either about Cas, or at least features him in some important way.

This is the episode before the finale, so let me just say: OH GOD.

Spoilers and such! )
ratherastory: (Wait Here)
Okay, so all I know about this episode is that it's an Edlund episode, which makes me worry, and judging by the few comments I've seen go by it appears to be either about Cas, or at least features him in some important way.

This is the episode before the finale, so let me just say: OH GOD.

Spoilers and such! )
ratherastory: (100 Kinds of Awesome)
Watching Show live for the first time in ages. No pausing this time to see what they really said, so this might get spotty.

Spoilers, etc. )
ratherastory: (100 Kinds of Awesome)
Watching Show live for the first time in ages. No pausing this time to see what they really said, so this might get spotty.

Spoilers, etc. )
ratherastory: (Ahem)
Dear flist,

Most of you know that I am a rabid spoiler-phobe when it comes to Supernatural. For those of you who are new to my LJ, well, now you know.

PLEASE don't spoil me in comments for upcoming episodes. This includes trailers, teasers and promo pics. I don't look at ANY of it, because it makes me ridiculously happy to be surprised by an episode. :)

I also ask, as a courtesy, that you keep spoilers behind a cut in your own LJs. Now, it's your journal, and you are welcome to do as you like. If you are morally opposed to cutting for spoilers, that's fine. Just know that that means I will either remove your LJ from my flist, or at the very least filter it so that I won't be able to read your entries during the TV season. Fair warning. :)

Thus far, this hasn't been a problem. I've just seen spoilers flying fast and thick all over the place, and with the final four episodes barreling down on us I thought I would make my position clear.

Thank you!
ratherastory: (Ahem)
Dear flist,

Most of you know that I am a rabid spoiler-phobe when it comes to Supernatural. For those of you who are new to my LJ, well, now you know.

PLEASE don't spoil me in comments for upcoming episodes. This includes trailers, teasers and promo pics. I don't look at ANY of it, because it makes me ridiculously happy to be surprised by an episode. :)

I also ask, as a courtesy, that you keep spoilers behind a cut in your own LJs. Now, it's your journal, and you are welcome to do as you like. If you are morally opposed to cutting for spoilers, that's fine. Just know that that means I will either remove your LJ from my flist, or at the very least filter it so that I won't be able to read your entries during the TV season. Fair warning. :)

Thus far, this hasn't been a problem. I've just seen spoilers flying fast and thick all over the place, and with the final four episodes barreling down on us I thought I would make my position clear.

Thank you!
ratherastory: (Corner)
Dear flist, can I ask a quick favour?

I am having a completely random and trivial bout of wibbling over how my Master List of fic is organized. Specifically, I'm wondering if that post has become too big and unwieldy -even with the handy html that takes you from section to section- and if I should split it into two or something. My concern is that splitting it might actually make things worse in terms of accessibility.

So if you have half a second, would you mind taking a look and then making with the clicky in this handy-dandy poll?

Thank you!


[Poll #1726303]
ratherastory: (Corner)
Dear flist, can I ask a quick favour?

I am having a completely random and trivial bout of wibbling over how my Master List of fic is organized. Specifically, I'm wondering if that post has become too big and unwieldy -even with the handy html that takes you from section to section- and if I should split it into two or something. My concern is that splitting it might actually make things worse in terms of accessibility.

So if you have half a second, would you mind taking a look and then making with the clicky in this handy-dandy poll?

Thank you!


[Poll #1726303]
ratherastory: (Revelation)
Y'know, I think it's awesome that Random Acts is trying to raise a ton of money for Haiti. God knows, that country needs all the help it can get in order to rebuild after last year's earthquake.

It's just... I am seriously uncomfortable at the idea of fans "raising" $5000 in order to go with Misha et al. to Haiti in order to have a more "personal connection" to what they're doing, or whatever. I just can't help but feel that that aspect of this fundraiser is entirely made of fail. The idea of a group of tourists (feel free to disagree with my nomenclature, but to me that's what they are) going over to witness how grateful the natives are for their munificence just sets my teeth on edge.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I'm reading too much into it. After all, the money is going where it's supposed to, so it can't be all bad. It's just pushing several of my squick buttons.

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