Here’s a great post from Anna Dobritt on the topic of creating worlds in your writing.
When I write, I’m creating worlds for my characters to live and grow in. A place where they live, learn, love, and die, perhaps. Even if the story is set in a city or neighborhood I lived in, I add my own twist to it, marking it as my creation.
For modern settings, I learn what I can about an area by using the internet. Everything you need to know about a city, town, or village can be found here. This includes maps, so you can accurately describe a chase scene, and the types of buildings found in the area. There are house plans you can study to make a homeless for your character or an office building owned by a power-hungry group of criminals. Maybe your main character owns a used bookstore or has a favorite restaurant they frequent. Find what you need on the internet, make a…
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