Settings: Atmosphere

Monday, July 10th, 2017

More about making them squirm. Use setting.

Setting: The Long View

Monday, July 3rd, 2017


Not all novels have a short time fuse. When it makes sense to ‘go long.’

Setting: The Time Piece

Monday, June 26th, 2017


It’s about time we talked about time. And how it applies to your settings.

Setting: Bookends

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Bookends support the juicy middle. Here’s how to use them to create settings.

Setting: Dark and Squirmy Sites

Monday, June 12th, 2017


Rats? Cellars? Cliffs? Whatever makes you squirm, use it.

Setting: What Happened Here?

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Settings can establish story questions. Here’s one way:

Setting: The Way We Were, part 2

Monday, May 29th, 2017

The fastest way to establish setting? Use your character’s memories

Setting: The Way We Were.

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017


The setting that opens your book, for your readers, opens the world. What door do you want them to walk through? Try this.

Setting: Where in the world are we?

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Your reader is a visitor to your world. What do they need? A guidebook. Here’s a tip on how to give them one.

Setting: The great disrupter.

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Firestorm. Quake. Pompeii. There are some novels going in, where you know setting is going to be spectacularly important. Here’s how to use it: