Illustration by Vincent Mahe
DON'T FUCKING NEVER FORGET TO TELL US WHERE YOUR SHIT IS HAPPENING.
This rant is brought to you by my doing more editing and also reading more writing submissions on @ellowrites and lately setting some books aside because, well, they totally failed to give me the feeling that the story is real. I mean, I know it's a lie but I want to be fooled into thinking that it's real, and if I don't get the feeling about where the story is happening, like in an actual real place, geographically real or imagined on some planet but that still feels real enough, I don't believe a word the writer is saying and toss the book out the window.
I'm guilty of this too, don't think you're alone. Here are some tricks I use. See if you can steal some for yourself and maybe share some of yours in the comments for all of us to steal too.
1. Imagine you're describing a movie.
2. Think about all five senses.
3. It's the little things that matter.
4. Orient us like we're lost.
Full post on my blog... (you know you want to read it).