COUNTING DOWN THE STORM (Temporarily Unavailable) A Novella by D. Ryan Leask
For two days the storm has taken over the city, and two people's lives. A man convinces himself that his life is worthless when his lover leaves him for another man. Alone and depressed, he allows his life to sink into the bowels of civilization. When a wife and mother discovers that her husband is having an affair she abandons logic and gives in to the perilous abyss of jealousy and revenge.
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Monday, May 9, 2011

Setting: Writing What You Know

My current most active WIP takes place here in Calgary.  I have avoided using places I know well in other stories I have written because I'm always afraid that the reader won't be able to connect with a place he has never been to or isn't part of popular culture.  Let's face it, although Calgary is growing and is a major centre by Canadian standards, it isn't New York (or even Fargo for that matter).  So here are some question I would like to ask of people:

Where do your stories take place?
How do you introduce your setting?
If you set your story in a well known location (London/New York/Hong Kong) do you assume that everyone knows enough about it to skip over major details?
If you set your story in a less famous place what to you include to familiarize your reader with it?

And here is an exercise:
Paint a picture with words of this vista:

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