Using Amazing Settings: SPP #121

This week, the three whitest guys in podcasting chatted about setting in story. How important is it and how can you make your setting awesome? You’ll want to listen to find out.
The guys started out by talking about how amazing the new Fiction Unboxed book is going to be. What started out as stupidly wordy transcripts turned into an awesome follow-up to Write Publish Repeat. The book tells the story of Fiction Unboxed while sowing in lessons every writer needs in their work and life.
After Dave ranted about Linkedin, the guys answered one voicemail question about promoting through KDP select and another about funnels and CTAs. Interestingly, both callers were nonfiction writers, so if you do the nonfiction thing, you should check these out!
Then, they finally go to the main topic: Setting.
Some points that were discussed:

  • How important setting is
  • How setting changes the story
  • How setting can be like a character in of itself
  • What stories/authors handled setting well (or not so well)

Here’s the video version:

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11 Replies to “Using Amazing Settings: SPP #121”

  1. Werner

    Hey Dave…I mean David,
    If I send you a LinkedIn request, can you accept it? Would you accept it? Couldya do that for me please? C’mon please?
    No pressure. You don’t have to feel guilty if you don’t wanna accept it, I’ll understand…I’m used to being rejected…kicked when I’m down.
    o-kay, bye

  2. Terri McMillan

    Hey Guys,
    I just finished listening to the SPP and I don’t think that using Las Orillas for the setting in any book would be bad. Guy Incognito readers won’t know that there are adult themes in this town; and in all reality every city has it’s happy, shining parks and family friendly cul-de-sacs as well as its’ seedy underbelly.
    Writing in a city you know and love makes the setting more realistic. Tanya Huff a fantasy author wrote the Vicki Nelson series set in Toronto and other smaller cities in Southern Ontario, Canada and I could see everything she was talking about but it wouldn’t read the same now since there have been changes in the a variety of her sub settings. I prefer made up cities even if I recycle them or base them on areas I know because then I don’t have to do the same level of tedious research.
    Thanks for an awesome show.
    PS, I think that I have listened to you guys enough that I can’t hear the tainsts and stuff. You guys rock. ~T

    • Sean

      Ha, thanks so much Terry. I actually decided to include Las Orillas in Lexi’s book for sure. But that’s not where the story will actually take place. It’s going to be just down the coast in Cielo del Mar, another fictional city that’s much, much wealthier.

  3. Joe M

    Hi Johnny, Sean, Dave, and Jacob,
    I know that you guys are big fans of Stephen King so I thought you might like to read an essay on detail and setting he wrote.
    It’s old, but I think his philosophy on the subject hasn’t changed.
    Anyways, I really appreciate what you guys are doing, sharing, and reminding us about the taint.
    And here’s a challenge/idea for you guys to discuss on a day when you’ve got nothing planned (or BOU) : Which of the following terms you would agree to being a synonym with “taint?”: gouch, derf, grundel, chode, banus, barse, miracle inch, and crab-walk?

    • Jacob

      Hey Sharon! Normally, the guys record the shows live on Fridays at 2 PM Est. Sometimes that has to change, in which case it’s normally moved to Tuesdays at the same time.

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