AJ recently read how about outlining your setting. Meaning to know where each of your scenes take place to take advantage of what that setting means to the character involved. Darwynn’s Law was the only story in my series to be set outside of New York City – my local neighborhood. The First Hunt is also placed in the Rocky Mountains as it brings me full circle to my birth and the death of my mother.
AJ has always treated setting as important. Not how it evokes emotions in the character necessarily, but it’s not just a random place. AJ has sketched out the Apex Unlimited building to allow for directions to remain consistant. She’s drawn up my apartment’s floor plan. She should draw up Sage’s house.
AJ would love to find some building plans to layout the AU building and the Night Life building since they are made up places and could be pretty intense places.
There have been real places in the story, and there are a few others that are made up like Aspect. AJ originally used a club that was real. But opted against it.
Setting is important. Interior design is not a writers forte but damn if they don’t do it. And sometimes they have to do it for a whole world. AJ opted to use a real city so she didn’t have to think up names and create a city map. She has a made up city in my world ‘Dangdburgh’ – a vampire founded city with caverns and a very long history. Lots of work that AJ didn’t want to sit down and do instead of write, because she could and would be anal about it.
She’s having difficult with not knowing exactly whats in the Night Life or AU buildings can you imagine a whole town/city or a whole world?