The Olympics draw the attention of the world as they celebrate their Olympians. Most of the Olympic coverage takes place inside of sports arenas, but this year’s Olympics would not be the same without London.
Many times the host city of the Olympics is the talk of morning news shows from foods to sights, they cover it all. Why? We love to feel the flavor of the experience even though we can’t be there.
Our reader is the same way. They want to experience the flavor of the story setting in our novels. Take a few minutes to view London.
How To Create A Flavorful Setting In Your Novel:
1. Build The Three Dimensions Of A Town’s Life:
*Create A Sense Of The Town’s History. Find something of the past to pull into your story to give the location character.
*Create A Sense Of The Town Today. Add in details that speak of the current day. Is the town big enough for McDonald’s? Hardees? Dairy Queen?
*Create A Sense Of The Town Tomorrow. What new developments are on the horizon in the town’s future?
2. Build The Three Dimensions Of A Town’s Livelihood:
*Create A Cast Of Diverse Characters. The people embody a town and give it life. Vanilla characters will cloud the livelihood of the town. Showcase the difference between the tourists and the locals.
*Showcase The Pace Of Life. Show how fast or slow moving the town operates. Is it up all night or early rise and early to bed.
*Feature The Town’s Industry Or Business. Characters who live in a mining town will have a different flare than those in an urban setting. Give a feeling for how the town makes its money.
3. Use The Five Senses To Create A Rich Experience.
*Think of taking a picture of something. A picture is two dimensional. You can only see how it looks. We want the richness of more than just looking at something. We want to smell, taste, feel, and hear it as well. Include both day and night scenes for a richer experience for the reader.