Stephanie writes young adult contemporary novels and is the creator of GoTeenWriters.com. Her novels include The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series (Revell) and The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet (Playlist). You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and check out samples of her work on her author website.
Early in the summer, I read a book called Million Dollar Outlines by David Farland, which was very different than most writing books I've read, and I continue to ponder its contents. This is a quote from the book in regards to settings that I've been thinking about:
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The rule of thumb for Hollywood in big budget movies says, "Don't show me the same setting twice." . . . The reason is that you want to keep the story visually interesting by making sure that each scene shows the viewer something new.
I'll confess it - I'm guilty of my settings being an afterthought. But as writers, we're fortunate that we don't have to worry about the cost of constructing sets or flying in a crew. All it costs us is extra creativity!
As we wind down for the day, I'd love to chat about settings. Where does your book take place? How do you feel about the quote above? Do you think you're setting too many scenes in the same location?
And please share how writing went today! Did you make your goal?