Where It All Goes Down

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.  A distant unnamed fictional galaxy at an undetermined point in the ancient past, where many species of aliens (often humanoid) co-exist.  People own robotic droids, who assist them in their daily routines, and space travel is common.  The galaxy is ruled by various governments who rise and fall as the story progresses.  The Shire, a peaceful region usually untouched by troubles elsewhere in the world, during a time when magic was still a powerful force, and elves, dwarves, and other races shared the world with humans.  Gold was discovered in the Klondike in the 1890s which prompted thousands of gold-seekers to head for the far north, all of them in desperate need of dogs to pull sleds across the harsh arctic trails. Buck, a large dog who has enjoyed a leisurely life on a California ranch, is stolen and shipped to the Yukon.  Buck learns to survive in this cruel environment after suffering the hardship of cold, hunger, and starvation, he begins to discover the primitive instincts of his ancestors, and in time he responds to the call of the wild.

Beginning with the Civil War and spanning seven or eight years following the war, a time period during which the ‘old south’ with its elegance, wealth and aristocratic traditions like those of women eating before a barbecue so that in the public they appeared to be dainty and without appetite.  Rhett has Tara the plantation home of the O’Hara family restored the way it was before the war.  Rhett and Scarlett have a house built in Atlanta.  Though Scarlett resides in Atlanta, she considers Tara her true home.  Pip starts out as a young boy and his journey is followed through adulthood during a time of great change in England featuring the momentum of the Industrial Revolution.  London is a thriving metropolis, and England is a powerful, wealthy, global giant, but at the same time it is filled with ruined and decaying structures, complete with boarded up windows and barred doors where poor people were dirty and wore filthy rags.  There is also a country setting that features mists on the marshes and escaped convicts from the prison ships nearby.

Setting is one of the three main parts of a story, along with characters and plot.  Setting is the location and time of your story.  The setting enhances and supports your plot and characters, helping to reveal and further important points and themes.  The setting is a time period which could be the future, the past, or the present, but it is also the location where the story takes place.  The setting may describe the landscape, scenery, buildings, seasons or weather to glue the characters and plot together, by providing texture and depth.  The setting is a driving force in the momentum of a story and it needs to be given life to really draw the reader in.

Written for FOWC with Fandango – Setting.

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