Posts Tagged ‘milieu’

What Starts a Story?

There are many doors into a story. I’ve heard writers say they start with character or an image from the plot. Both are great jumping off points. But I do things a bit differently and it has some surprising benefits.

I start with the world.

Where will I take the reader? What milieu, what setting, what geography? Read More…

The Wonders of Setting

With all the demands of beginning a novel, it’s easy to overlook setting and milieu. It can feel like background. But attention here is well worth it. Payoffs include:

  • Snatching the competitive edge. Editors are jaded. Give them something new.
  • Sparking your imagination. Mine your setting, and let it keep your writing fresh.
  • Giving your story context and complexity.
  • Using the sensual world to deepen characters and their emotions. Read More…