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I have titled my topic “Romancing the Landscape”. However, the landscape can also be a menacing character in a horror novel; comic relief, or as in the movie, The Never Ending Story, be the embodiment of living creatures.
- The beach at sunset, a tranquil waterfall. If you hero has fought a major battle, don’t send him to a night club. Turn his setting into a place to recuperate.
- A setting can introduce conflict, or cause trouble. A violent storm, gridlock, a jungle where he becomes lost.
- The library, bookstore, writing on ancient walls, can provide a ‘mentorship’ of sorts. The hero will discover, overcome his fears.
- A setting can show the ‘flaw’ of the hero. A man fighting addiction is at a bar watching others, a selfish man is at a soup kitchen. Place him in a setting to examine his own flaws.
- A model of who he wants to be. A church, a free medical clinic, a loving home, are all settings that can provide an atmosphere that fosters qualities to which he aspires.
Setting as a character is a deeper commitment. Setting as a character will appear throughout the course of your novel. Therefore (groan) it requires research, plotting attention, and action and reaction on the part of the hero and heroine.
And from my own works:
It was only the cologne, Rachel reminded herself when Lynx leaned closer and pointed out the skill of the fiddle player--she always loved the scent of a good cologne. Warm, and Musky. Or, maybe it was his reputation that held such appeal--he was a rodeo cowboy. Bull riders flirted with death and danger every day, and that alone could be a real turn on for some women.
Still she knew none of those things was the real reason she was reacting this way. ~ Lynx, Rodeo Romance, by Connie Vines
She pulled the red gingham curtain aside from the kitchen window and stared out into the rain for the tenth tine in less than an hour. In the distance, she could see Brede going about his chores. . .There was something about him, which spoke of power, especially in the way he moved. But there was also wildness in him and profound loneliness. Perhaps the loneliness dept her from being afraid. . .~ Brede, Rodeo Romance Book 2, by Connie Vines
Twelve-thousand gleeful ghouls stormed Long Beach's Promenade. the crowd became so large that it spilled out over Pine Avenue for an all-out downtown invasion. Meredith didn't recall much about the accident, nor who or what, reanimated her. She remembered over-hearing a security officer informing a pungent-smelling zombie. . . ~ Here Today, Zombie Tomorrow Book 1 Sassy & Fun Fantasy Series by Connie Vines