For instance, how would your night scene be different if it took place in broad daylight? Rather than the scene being hot and dry, what if it was pouring rain? Would the weather and other natural elements change the dramatic impact of a scene? How would the setting make a scene spooky or funny or dangerous or calming?
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Think of some classic scenes in your favorite books or movies and imagine them in different settings. Would they be as strong? Would Indiana Jones being chased down the streets of New York City by a big truck be as powerful as being chased by a giant rolling boulder through a cobwebbed ancient tunnel deep in the jungle? Lecter have worked as well if it had taken place in a bright, modern chrome and shinny white prison rather than in the bowels of a dark, dungeon-like mental hospital for the criminally insane?
Beyond what your characters say and do, you must consider how their actions and reactions contrast or blend with their surroundings. And the best way to do that is to consider your setting as another character playing a part in the story. Another element of setting is how characters live within it. By that I mean how they manage the common functions of life such as eating, sleeping, and other natural human processes. Most of us are familiar with the highly successful TV series While 24 was a rare exception, most novels span more than one day.
So during the course of the story unfolding, writers must manage their human characters with time to eat or sleep or at least rest for a moment. If the pace is so intense that the characters never get a break, the reader will become fatigued. Thrillers and mysteries are often described as rollercoaster rides. But even the longest coaster ride has peaks and valleys. How does time passing speed up or slow down the plot or pacing? Or is it too compressed or expanded to be believable. Setting is more than the location in which your story takes place.
If you treat your setting as an additional character, chances are your story will be fully developed. How about you?
Do you plan your settings ahead of time? Or let them develop as the story progresses. And readers, what was the most memorable and realistic setting in your favorite book? So having 2 of my novels picked is a really big deal, and really cool. And the story of how it came about is also very special.
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The caller thought it had great promise as a premise for a book. The article was about Leon Decoeur, an archaeologist, working late on Christmas Eve at a dig site in Jerusalem where he uncovered an ancient cup he believed could be the Holy Grail. Preserved inside the cup was a brown residue, later determined to be human blood.
As all writers do, Lynn started asking What If questions. In this instance it was: what if someone used the DNA to clone Christ? At about the same time, I was a freelance writer reviewing books for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and other Florida newspapers.
A mutual friend introduced me to Lynn. I reviewed her second novel she was writing historical fiction at the time and eventually had 6 novels published and we began talking about the business of writing. Lynn and I decided on collaboration. We spent countless hours writing a detailed, page, chapter-by-chapter outline. The more research we did, the bigger the story grew. Finally, we thought the skeleton was ready for the flesh, and we began the first draft.
Those two voices fought each other on the page. It took a great deal of work to put our egos aside and build trust in each other before our different styles started to blend. This is why you rarely see collaboration in writing fiction. And there were small coincidences and idiosyncrasies in the plots, like killing someone off and making it look like an allergic reaction.
So we went back to the drawing board.
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And we even added a few additional twists. Then we sent it off again. That year, it was named Book Of The Year by ForeWord Magazine , landed on a number of international bestseller lists, and was eventually translated into 24 languages. A small wooden box hidden for centuries is passed on to network correspondent Cotten Stone by a dying archaeologist. With his final breath, spoken in a language Cotten has not heard since childhood, he declares that she is "the only one who can stop the sun. Inside the box, they discover a cup wrapped in a cloth bearing the insignia of a powerful medieval order that professed to be the Guardians of the Grail.
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Cotten is propelled into the headlines as she and John deliver the Cup to the Vatican for authentication, and she reports the story of its journey from Calvary to cable TV. But her life quickly becomes caught up in a global plot driven by an ancient sect devoted to bringing about the Second Coming. As those around her fall victim to the Grail Conspiracy, Cotten soon learns her true legacy and must question if she is stopping an abomination or is she working on the side of Evil.
In the final conflict she learns why she is the only one who can stop the ultimate revenge against God by the Prince of Darkness. Thank you for reading and commenting on my posts throughout the year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all. Book titles are critical. And others where the design was so busy, it gave me a headache. Since it was a thriller about cloning Christ, we thought using the Latin for Body of Christ was cleaver.
But when we sent it off to our agent, she pointed out the error of our ways. Could be a travel guide to a city in Texas.
Could be a novelization of a Broadway play running at the same time. The title had a great deal of meaning for at least two people: Lynn and myself. Could be a book about a knitting club for witches. OK, we agree that was a wise decision and makes sense. So why are titles important? On assignment in the Middle East, television journalist Cotten Stone stumbles upon an archeological dig that uncovers the world's most-sought-after religious relic: the Holy Grail.
With his last dying breath, Dr. Gabriel Archer gives it to Cotten, uttering "You are the only one" in a language she's heard from only one other person--her deceased twin sister. What begins as a hot news story for the ambitious young reporter soon turns into a nightmare when the Holy Grail is stolen and strange "accidents" befall her dearest friends. Running for her life, she turns to John Tyler, a priest with firsthand knowledge of religious artifacts, for help.
An anonymous source leads them to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, where an abominable experiment is underway that unless destroyed--promises to unleash an ancient evil upon the Earth. Help Centre.
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