I’ve been thinking about place recently.
How setting can affect pieces in fiction and non-fiction, short pieces and longer works.
I sat and waited for someone one night, a long time ago, and I was taken by the way the streetlights and the storm that was moving over the streets reflected off the wall of bottles behind the bar. I figured it was probably important to remember the way it looked, in case I wanted to write it into something someday.
And lately, I’ve been thinking about the places that I grew up in, and how they might affect future narratives – or even how future narratives might be entirely about them.
Place, you know? How does place figure into things? What makes for a good description of place? Who are the authors who are good at doing this?
Aside from Brin Friesen, that is?
What’s the best way to evoke the spirit of a place? To call it forth? Should place become a character? Is it that important? Does it depend on the place?