Oh the invigorating letter I, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways ... you're incredible, indelible, and irresistible.
In honor of I, and my ongoing theme, today I'm talking about settings.
Pictured above is the ice planet Hoth from Empires Strikes Back. Snow crusted, icy surfaces, frigid temperatures, and even vicious creatures make this setting fascinating and a constant struggle for the characters residing there. Something so beautiful about an all white planet--it appears so clean and fresh.
Using Earth's Arctic circle (or Antarctic) as a setting for a story can be a fun way to challenge your characters. Or, in the case below, add an even colder feel to your villain:
This is the White Witch, Jadis's, ice castle in Narnia. Fitting setting for her, I'd say.
And of course from The Golden Compass, the snowy kingdom of the armored bears, is part of what makes the story so engaging.
How about this setting:
Do you think it's insane that I like stories set in institutions?? lol Seriously, I love them. Maybe I'm fascinated with the idea of living in a bathrobe and slippers with a bunch of quirky characters. But to me, flirting with craziness, and being surrounded with constant insanity, is true entertainment. Anything goes!
Another place that makes a colorful setting for any story, is
Such a diverse and intriguing culture and country. I was fortunate enough to spend two months there about eight years ago and it's a writer's dream. So rich with history and unique architecture. It's overcrowded and dirty in parts, yet lush and tropical in others. You can find the wildlife anywhere from the jungles to the streets to the beaches. An elephant even held up traffic once while I was there
A great book to use as a reference for India as a setting if you can't actually get there is Holy Cow by Aussie author Sarah Macdonald. I discovered this book in London Heathrow and brought it with me on my trip. It's an excellent and engaging story of a tourist's taste of India.
Aside from settings, and as an amazing coincidence, I also stands for Indies! Is that mind-boggling or what??
Second Wednesday of every month bloggers post on the Indie Life--the joys and struggles of being a self-published author. Click on the picture above to get to HDQ and read other posts on the subject. One indie story I find inspiring is Cora Carmack's, AKA Brittany Howard, author of Losing It.
Don't know her story? Or how she went from self-pubbed sensation to agented author going to auction and eventual book deal? Read on....
How about you? Any indie news you want to share? How about a villain that starts with I? (I couldn't think of one) Or any more I settings? How's your week going?