By: Shay Goodman
Your setting encompasses the large and the small in your book. From the state that your story is set in to the town to the home in which most of the story happens. Because you are working with a visual element in a medium of the written word, it can be hard to keep the overall picture straight in your mind, especially if you are in the middle of revisions and it has been months since you wrote the story.
There are some things that you can do to keep it all straight, but it will take some effort on your part. This is where the almighty whiteboard comes back into play. If you are writing about a real place, it would be helpful to have maps of the state and town in which you are setting your story. This way you can make sure that you are relating the position of the town you are writing about correctly. For instance, it would be an awful faux pas if one said Chattanooga was north of Nashville. So yes, maps are a must. The closer you get to your target area, the more detailed the maps should be. This is the moment when a service such as Google Maps is your friend.
But what if you are writing about a place that doesn’t really exist?
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