So, we know setting is important, right? Whether we spend days or weeks world building, or pants it as we go, it needs to be real. It needs to support the story, and make it richer.
I have a confession: setting is not one of my strong points. I wouldn't say that I'm awful at developing settings, but I guess like everything else writing related, I'm still learning. I knew setting was important, but only on a theoretical level. Until recently.
A few weeks ago I read the first book of the Kate Daniels series, Magic Bites, by Ilona Andrews (who is actually a husband and wife team). Since then I've read the first five. I love the characters. I love Kate. I love the plots. I love the romance.
I love the world.
I've never consciously thought that about a setting before. I'm sure I've admired settings. Enjoyed them. But they've never been one of the stand out factors that have made me love a story.
The world that Kate lives in is so unique, so well thought out, so interesting and detailed, it adds an extra layer of awesomeness to everything that happens in the story. It's a source of so much conflict, before the bad guys even appear on the scene. It's even the cause of many of the badies.
I wish I could explain why it's so amazing, but I'm still trying to figure that out for myself. So instead, I'll just say, read Magic Bites. It's a great story, and so are the rest, and you might just learn something while you're at it.
Are you like me, and don't usually notice the setting? Or can setting make or break a story for you?
How are your June goals going? I'm on track, but I have a house full of guests and they're here until next week, so it's hard to find time without seeming antisocial.