I've been reading novels by my fellow KRP authors and I'm struck by how effective and totally convincing description of settings are - given that some authors are writing about the very distant past and/or faraway places. I actually started 'The Chosen Man' after I visited a particular location that I was researching for the sequel to my first novel because that setting - the house and surrounding countryside - quite literally took me back in time. All the locations in The Chosen Man are familiar to me in that I have spent time in each place. Re-creating what they must have been like in the 17th century wasn't too difficult because each location retains much of the distant past. But how does a fantasy writer create setting? From memories of a particular place - or are places composites? JGH
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Where And When settings in historical novels
Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:24 AM
Fantasy writers have a free rein, J. G. I've written a young adult fantasy and it was much easier than my Regencies where I have to be as accurate as I can even down to the weather that year. Some very knowledgeable readers out there will soon tell me if I get it wrong.
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