A Lesson by DeathbyGarlic

Hello, and welcome to my course on developing dynamic settings.


I'm not here to tell you how to apply a meaning or message to your writing. I'm not going to offer advice on what language to use when you convey deep-rooted emotions in characters.

You won't learn from me how to pick the perfect name for someone's personality type or how to create the most believable action hero.


I'm here to teach you how to create a setting that emulates the real world in a way that transcends genres.

I'll help you to create an intricate galaxy for your nine-part sci-fi epic;

A secluded forest inhabited by dark magical creatures;

The gritty city to make Frank Miller's Sin City look my My Barbie Playhouse;

A world at war over the last sources of fresh water;

Or even just wintertime Manhattan where two college students meet and fall in love.


What is a setting, anyhow?

It’s the reality in which your story takes place. It contains the locations of your scenes, the weather, the technology, the time period, the history of everything, your characters and thousands of factors that will never find a place in the final cut of your story.


It takes a bit of patience, frustration, discipline and smashing your head into the desk but by the end of this course, you'll be ready to create and/or develop any setting as real as the one we live in.


This is a summary of what you'll find here:

  • A brief guide on how to handle Plot Bunnies
  • A brief guide on how to plan the Who's and What's of your story
  • Detailed guides of non-genre specific things to develop when building a setting
  • Examples of the plot uses of a well-developed setting in a crime-drama genre
  • Tricks to help you develop your characters and setting into realistic, independent features within your stories.
  • Tips for creating a setting which you can use over and over in countless stories, thus creating your own continuum.

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Added on January 10, 2010
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I'm Adam, I live in north Florida and I've been writing fairly often for a few years. I'm turning my focus to other things, now, but still want to keep up with my writing since I enjoy it. I figured ..