How comfortable are you in your fictional world?

When we write fiction, creating the world in which our story takes place is in our hands. I enjoyed writing The Brevity of Roses because I loved all three main characters—and had a good time with a couple of secondary ones too. I also loved “living” in the primary settings—a beautiful Tudor-style mansion with gorgeous gardens and a cottage by the sea. Those things made up for the painful scenes I had to write.

Now, I have to decide which of three books I’m going to work on next. I’ve changed my mind several times while I’ve been busy getting my last novel ready for publication. Soon, it will be time to start serious work and I still don’t know which story to go with.

One would be rather pleasant to write … well, no suicidal characters, or tragic deaths, and just one abuse-scarred psyche to deal with. The other two are much darker—but for different reasons. Neither would be particularly pleasant to write, but I’m wondering if they might be more satisfying to have written.

For any of the three stories I have to choose from, the book world will be more meat and potatoes and less dessert than Brevity’s world. But maybe that will help me develop more writing muscle. So which to choose? Eeeny, meeny, miney, mo …

Your turn: How often does your writing create a comfortable story world? Do you ever deliberately create a world that forces you to explore people, places, and ideas outside your comfort zone? Do you like to combine the two and set a challenging story in a pleasant or familiar world?

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27 thoughts on “How comfortable are you in your fictional world?

  1. Hello Linda,

    Not sure how I found your blog today, but it is interesting so I will reply here and check back to see how it is going. I write poetry, so the world is very small and contained, isolated really to the point sometimes of claustraphobia. The short stories I have written have been character based where the world has not been important. Maybe this is a mistake, but I don’t enjoy writing the stories, as much as the poetry. As a consequence it is a much harder job for me, the convoluted way I think my wife would say, is why.

    The characters generally have a reason to interact but not so much with the environment around them.

    Jim

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    1. Welcome to my blog, Jim, and thank you for commenting. 🙂

      I write character-driven fiction, so I understand what you’re saying. My characters are trying to survive, but not because they are threatened by dragons, or intergalatic wars, or earth’s environmental calamities, or crimes of any sort. They’re struggling to survive their own weaknesses and problems dealing with life in general.

      Write from your heart in whatever form best expresses that. I wish you an abundance of words.

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