Settings!

Choosing the setting of stories is a powerful element.  Some writers may give their places a fictitious name, but they usually have remnants of a place in mind.  I feel that settings are important and should be vivid in the reader’s imagination.  I have found that urban settings often change.  By the time, a piece is published, that particular location may be totally different from the original setting. 

However,  if the setting helped make a scene more believable, then it is the writer’s job to hold on to the place as they first saw it.  A  key bridge I used in one scene is no longer there, but it added to the strength of a significant meeting.   So, I kept it in the story. Writers are always making decisions and if writing  about ever-changing urban locations, sometimes etched memories will have to serve in describing locations.

Lynn

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