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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Set the Scene in Six!

So sorry the post is late. Apparently the auto-scheduling is still not working.

One of the finest aspects of fiction writing is the ability to set the scene.  Characters act and react, but they don't do so in a vacuum.  In their world, they meet, fall in love, solve problems, sometimes horrendous problems.  Maybe it's a small town, maybe the big city, the green, humid jungle, dust-dry desert, a mountainous region.  On the sea.  Under the sea.  In space! 

Setting the scene sets up the unexpected. It's also done by using character dialogue to paint a picture of loveliness, danger, evil, trepidation, excitement, awe...

Give us six sentences that set the scene and tout your talent.  How have you set the scene or the lead-up in your books?  Post your six sentences, your website/blog link, and one buy link in the comment box. 

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Rosemary Morris said...

Extract from Tangled Love set in the reign of Queen Anne Stuart 1702 -1714


Rosemary Morris

“Viscount Chesney walked at an even pace around the ancient house to a yard surrounded by empty stables, a neglected coach house and other dilapidated buildings.
As if he dealt punishment to those who abandoned Lady Richelda, he swished his cane through a clump of nettles. Shame on Lord Shaw for deserting his wife and child.”

Tangled Love is available from: MuseItUp Publishing – Amazon – Barnes and Noble – Smashwords – Omnlit – Coffeetime Romance and elsewhere.

Susan Macatee said...

Snippet from my time travel romance, Thoroughly Modern Amanda.

“I’m terribly sorry, Amanda.”

He hastened around the desk to her side, reaching for her hand. “I was held up.”

Amanda didn’t rise but slid the chair back, shifting beyond his reach. She tapped her fingertips on the desk top. “So I surmised.”