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Novel Writing Blueprint Series-Time, Setting and Being Genre Specific

teacher avatar Susan Palmquist, Author, Dream Inspirer and Writing Guru

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4 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Time in the Novel Writing Process

    • 3. Where a Story is Set

    • 4. Genre Specific

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In this ninth installment in the year long Novel Writing Blueprint class you'll learn the importance of time, setting, and how being genre specific can lead to a more successful story.

You'l learn hints and tips about filling the reader in on when and where your story is set.

In a bonus lesson, you'll learn why it's essential to be well read in, and enjoy the genre you want to write.

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Susan Palmquist

Author, Dream Inspirer and Writing Guru



I’m Susan Palmquist and for the last 20 years I’ve been an author, freelance writer, editor, blogger, teacher and tutor, (and before that I was a publicist).

It feels like I’ve squeezed a lot into two decades and it’s my tips and experience that I’ve learned along the way that I’m now happy to share with you here at Skillshare.

I’d like to show you how you too can write for fun or even for a living whether it be fiction or non-fiction.

Getting published wasn’t easy for me but I’m now the author, (under my own name and pen name Vanessa Devereaux), of 100 plus books and counting. There’s nothing I love more than helping others do the same thing.

I have my own coaching and critiquing business... See full profile

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1. Introduction: I am welcome. I'm suiting Palmquist and welcome to the ninth class in my year long fiction writing blueprint novel writing class on. Like I said, this is the ninth wine. And if you've been following along, welcome back. If this is your 1st 1 welcome, you don't necessarily have to take all of the classes or even take them in sequence. But I I think that if you're writing a novel, it's a building block of skills and techniques that you can use. Or maybe there is just one Pacific class that you need. Maybe you need to brush up on some dialogue skills or, um, maybe point of view. Ah, that so far we've covered plotting characters Dollar Point of view. On this month, I still would move on to something that usually you don't think off that much, but they're very important to writing a novel on that's time setting and being genre. The specific, um, so we'll dive in in the next lesson, and I'll be telling you all about how you give a reader's perspective off where in history that your book is set so I'll see you then 2. Time in the Novel Writing Process: after. Give your read. Ah, a sense of when it is, Um, so that's that's something to think about. And in the next lesson, we're gonna move on to wear your story A set. Another important element. So I'll see you then. 3. Where a Story is Set: Hello. Welcome back on. Now we're at the lesson on setting and setting like time is very important to let the reader know where your actual story takes place on. Once again, this kind of ties him with description. And as you know, it's It's something I've struggled with, but something that I work on, and I know I have Teoh kind of get across to the reader where the plot is set, and it could be a familiar place to the reader somewhere where maybe a famous landmark, which is a great there again, I've slept in. Maybe it was the, you know, Big Ben in London. Or it could be, Ah, the Eiffel Tower in Paris. You don't need to go into great detail, but if you slip that into maybe the first couple of paragraphs, maybe the hero heroine is looking out and may see a famous landmark. Then it gives the reader idea of where your story is set. Um, or it could be some way that you know it's met, maybe even make believe, depending on um, if your stories futuristic or if it's a fantasy novel. But the one thing you have to do is never cheap, the reader, because they like to fill that they're in that setting, their living, the characters lives and they're seeing everything. So don't cheat them. I know it's easy if, like me, you don't like the description part of writing. But give them a sense off the setting, and I think they'll get that whole 3 60 experience of your noble. But at the same time, I should say, Don't go over bowled what I call the flora and fauna description. Some writers will kind of, um, take the setting and time and, you know, go on for maybe three or four pages without even introducing a character on, Um, I'm kind of, ah, person that thinks And this is something I stressed to my students that someone has to live that plot. And if they don't appear till page five, you kind of you're not necessarily boring the reader. But they're not getting that sense of connection. And if you're a new to them, also, sometimes it's easy to think. Well, they do is right about you know, the thunderstorm on the mountain in the That's important, too, but bring the character in a soon as you can and don't go on for. Pages are definitely don't go for chapters about, you know, setting. And, um, maybe you could have the kind of character interact with that setting. Maybe there's a rainstorm one. You know they're running to take cover. Or maybe they're frightened of thunder. And you could go into a little bit of detail about, you know, maybe they were have been frightened since they were child kind of play around and see how you can bring that character into that time and setting element to. And I think you you have a riel experience that, you know, reader will be pulled into your story. So don't go overboard, but at the same time aren't to the question to the reader. Where is this story taking place? And there's another thing that is, does your setting have a huge bearing on your plot? Sometimes I've heard people say that you know the setting actually Waas almost like another character, for example, um, you know, it could be in a set in and 50 degree 50 below, you know, temperature where it's, ah, survival thing for your character, you know, maybe their car's broken down is a blizzard and they're walking and you know this snow storm and it's phrasing And they think, Oh, maybe I'll die by the sword, The road Is there anyone that's gonna help me? You know, start my car or find somewhere warm to hang out until this blizzard past. So that's another thing that you can do. You know, you got the maybe the character, the plot, and now the setting eyes bearing upon that and that becomes part of the conflict. Or it could be, on the other hand, somewhere. Really, wool might be that, uh, you know that all? Maybe there's a far So these are all things to think about. And, you know, you can play around and experiment and kind of take a short cup at the same time. Don't cheat the reader. So these are all things that you need to think about when you're planning your novel. So I hope that's giving you some kind of tips about setting, and the last thing I want to talk about is, uh, being genre specific with your novel. It's something we don't usually think about, but I think it is is an important element. So I'm going to cover that in the next lesson and I'll see you then 4. Genre Specific: Hello and welcome back. And I thought in this last lesson, which is gonna be fairly brief, I took about genre requirement. I know a lot of writing books never covered this, and I think that it's really important. And it kind of goes back to one of the first lessons in the Siri's that, you know, here I put together on skill shit on. You need to kind of be well read in the Jonah you want to write on that ties him with making sure it's a genre that you enjoy because you're gonna have to read a lot of books if you haven't already to see what the genre requires. And there are requirements for different genres on If you you know, you read a wide variety of them. You know, basically what I'm talking about. For example, in a romance, you know, the job to see a hero and a heroine. They fall in love but initially can't be together. And that whole book is based on the conflict. While they can't be together, you know? Then they get together than they they something pulls them apart. And then they find they have a happy, happy ever after. So that's a given off that genre. And without that, you're not gonna sell a romance novel with horror. You know, they're obviously is something terrifying. It doesn't need to be the monster under the bed, but it has to be something that the reader is on settled about. You know, it could be something every day on every day thing. And, you know, it answers the question of why this is happening. Sometimes it doesn't always, ever a good conclusion, but it unsettles the reader. So I think that that's probably one of the Gibbons off the horror genre and mystery. Obviously, there needs to be some crime. It could be a robbery or a murder. And you know, there's a slow through looks at close that the they kind of make their way through the clues what to red herring, what to true clo and leads into the conclusion and guilty person is brought to justice. And sometimes, yeah, I have read some mysteries where they're not. But usually the guilty person is, you know, arrested or sent to prison or something bad happens to them. And I think that there again, um, that's ah, that's a given off the mystery genre. SciFi. Obviously, there's some futuristic element. That's why people like to read that for it. Technology and what the future's going to look like on DA You know, some such genres, a kind of a mix you could have, Ah, romantic suspense that you get the romance element and mystery element. Or you could have Maybe, you know, sci fi romance where you get all the futuristic, the technology Onda hero and heroine that or meant to be together and not together. And maybe those futuristic elements have some bearing on the fact that they can't be together. So that's ah, basically making sure you're well read in the genre. And you enjoy the genre that you're going to write because, like I said in the first lesson, if you don't, you're going to get it wrong, and you're gonna get frustrated, too, and you'll give up. And that's not one thing. Yeah, we don't want you to give up. We want you to continue writing if that's what's in your heart. So that's it for this month. Next month I'm gonna cover research because although this is fiction on, you know the reader knows that it's not true. There are certain things that you need to research for a great route for the reader. You know, maybe it's a location, a climate or, you know, if it's a historical, you need to make sure you get everything correct about what happened during a certain period of history. So that's what we're going to cover next month. And I hope you'll join me then on. Thank you very much for joining me for this class. And if you've been following on, thank you very much. Really appreciate that. And if you have any questions about this month's topics or you know previous tough aches, please, please don't hesitate to leave a comment and asked me, because I really do want to help you out, put you on the, uh, good road to success and get your book published or even get it written. I know that's that's the first big step, and I want to help you in anywhere can and I really enjoy doing that. So please leave a comment. Oh, uh, you know, I'll get back to you on and, um, I wish you happy writing and please take care and I'll see you again soon. Bye.