Category Archives: Setting

Creating Mood In A Scene Using Light and Shadow

What’s one of the first things a person does to set the mood at home for a romantic evening? She turns down the lights. This simple adjustment is a big step toward creating a calm, receptive atmosphere. Just as the … Continue reading

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Some Setting Tips and a Giveaway!

Hi, everyone!  Angela and I are taking a leisurely summer this year, with no big projects or deadlines looming, enabling us to enjoy the weather, spend time with family, and relax. I hope you’re enjoying the season—whatever it is in … Continue reading

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Settings and Symbolism

Wow, you guys. What an amazing week! A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our big ROCK THE VAULT giveaway and to all those who shared the #myfavoritethesaurus pictures. I think we made thesauruses everywhere officially COOL. And … Continue reading

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Building A Story Garden: The Power Of Settings In Fiction

Guys, I have to say thanks for the terrific response to our Setting books. Becca and I are both so pleased you’re happy with the newest family members. Thank you for the reviews, the tweets, the recommendations to friends, and … Continue reading

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Level Up Your Setting By Thinking Outside The Box

With writers, there seems to be two camps: those who love writing setting description, and those…who…don’t. There isn’t always a lot of middle ground. Becca is definitely in the former group. She’s freakishly good at world building. Each setting she … Continue reading

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Inside One Stop For Writers: Our Descriptive Thesaurus Collections

A Closer Looks at Our Descriptive Thesaurus Collections As some of you know, the heart of One Stop For Writers is our signature Descriptive Thesaurus Collection. Visitors to this blog (and The Bookshelf Muse before it) have watched Becca and … Continue reading

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Want to Write a Best Seller? Change Your Mind

Today, a treat! Dr. John Yeoman joins us from Writers’ Village, a blog dedicated to helping writers succeed. Holding a PhD in Creative Writing, John is the author of eight humour books,  tutors at a UK University and judges for … Continue reading

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Canuck for a Day, and Whatnot

I was at Epcot this weekend with my Shmoopie, celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. Good times, people, good times. Dinner at the Germany buffet, listening to the British Invasion in the UK and…Canada. Oh, Canada. Of course, I had to prove that … Continue reading

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Creating Unforgettable Settings, Part 4: World Building

So far in this series, we’ve touched on choosing the right setting, describing the setting, and maximizing the setting through various figures of speech and techniques. But what if the world you want to write about doesn’t exist…yet? Then you’ve … Continue reading

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Creating Unforgettable Settings, Part 3: Maximizing the Setting

Okay. You’ve picked the perfect setting for your story. You can describe it so clearly and compellingly that your readers will want to move there. Is that all there is to it? You might as well ask if I’d like … Continue reading

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