After that initial scene, do you ever go back to your setting and make sure it works? Do you continue to build on it? Take away? Tweak it?
Have you ever had to change it?
While we were in Bolivia, we stopped to take this picture in the city of Santa Cruz. That's my friend and I with the owner of a small shop.
Do you see it?
I screamed the first time I saw this picture. And pretty much every time after that. Creepy!
Have you ever read your manuscript and found one of these? It's easy for us to get caught up in the story, or even the nuts and bolts of technicalities, and miss something so obvious. Whether it's a season that's out of whack, room decor that doesn't quite fit, or something more serious--a character flaw, a character's existence, a story thread that doesn't go anywhere, etc.
Sometimes the problem isn't as difficult as we think it is. While we need to be willing to dive deep to fix the story, sometimes all we have to do is move the mannequin.
Or just be aware of our setting. :0)
See y'all Friday!
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