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31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 10

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31-Days-of-NaNoPrepMo-by-Katrina-OstranderDay 10: Where does the story take place?

Story and setting. Your premise has likely pointed you in one direction or another, but now it’s time to begin to nail down some details about your setting.

  • What type of place will help mirror or juxtapose the theme/s you want to convey?
  • What conditions have to be present to allow your protagonist and antagonist to exist and shape their primary desires?
  • Is it a historical time or place, a fantastical one, or your own hometown with some names changed and details inverted?
  • What about the setting is going to affect the story and the protagonist?

Action Plan: Answer the above questions to get a basic skeleton of what you need from your setting. If you’re using a real location, historical or otherwise, you might identify major topics that are sure to come up in your story and begin hunting down research or reference materials to avoid a major mistake that jars readers out of the experience. If you’re inventing a location, you can start the worldbuilding process, which might also entail research. You can also start a moodboard on Pinterest or download images to your hard drive to serve as inspiration for the setting. Resist the temptation to spend too much time on this step, however, unless you want the setting itself to be a major character in the story.

Additional Reading: “25 Things You Should Know About Worldbuilding” from Terrible Minds, “A World Building Checklist” from cru’s D&D Reading Room“The Fundamentals of Choosing a Setting” from Reference for Writers, “Worldbuilding Masterpost” from Bookshopped, “Setting Resources” from ANC Writing Resources, “Suggested Reading & Resource List” from the Worldbuilding Subreddit

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