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· Stormy Winds

· A Brownstone in Brookyn

· The Ghost of Atlanta

· Phantoms of Rockwood

· Philly Style and Philly Profile


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· A Brownstone in Brooklyn Approach 15th Anniversary!

· Enjoy a chapter from Phantoms of Rockwood!

· Enjoy a chapter from the National Award Winning The Ghost of Atlanta!

· Enjoy a chapter from A Brownstone in Brooklyn!

· Enjoy the PROLOGUE to Philly Style and Philly Profile!

· Bloodlines, Tales From the African Diaspora

· Phantoms of Rockwood Debut Speech at Decatur Book Festival!

· From Bushwick High (Brooklyn) to National Award Winning Author!

· Goodbye Borders: Another casualty in the decline in book sales!

· Spice and Me together for a little Longer


Articles
· Thompson On...Being a Successful 21st Century Author!

· Thompson On...A Writer's Journey into the Digitial Revolution!

· Thompson On...One Writer's Journey to Writing Success!

· Thompson On...Do One Thing Everyday That Scares You!

· Thompson On...Is finding a literary agent an Impossible Dream?

· Thompson On...Point of View in a Novel!

· Thompson On...Description in a Novel!

· Thompson On...Setting in a Novel!

· Thompson On...A Hard Look at My Web Marketing Habits!

· Thompson On...Subplots in Novels!


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· PNP Authors Promotions Video!

· Philly Style and Philly Profile Amazon.Com Book Reviews!

· A Brownstone in Brooklyn Amazon.com Book Reviews!

· J. E. Thompson Novels in Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta public libraries

· Writing Tidbit: Thumbnail Characterization

· Discovered Virtual Blog Book Tour!

· Finding an Editor...Dennis DeRose!


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· PNP Author Spotlight

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Stormy Winds





Phantoms of Rockwood

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Philly Style and Philly Profile

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Blogs by J.E. Thompson

Novel Writing: The Setting!
8/6/2011 8:02:42 PM
Where am I?
This is a question you DON’T want your readers to dwell on as they turn the pages of your novel.
Picking the setting of a novel is obviously a critical step.
You must craft a vivid and realistic setting to act as a canvass for your characters to perform. This setting/sense of place must be credible.
When you read great works of fiction, you know immediately where and what time period you are in. For example, Walter Mosley puts you in early fifties’ Los Angeles in Devil in a Blue Dress, Harper Lee sets you in the early twentieth century south in To Kill A Mockingbird and F. Scott Fitzgerald sets you in the roaring twenties in The Great Gatsby.
You must give your reader a sense of place and this will make it easier for your readers to exist in the “Fictive Dream” of your novel’s world.
A great author once said: “Characters interact with setting/sense of place as if its’ another character. The setting/place of place will change the character. In a different sense of place the characters will be different. The setting/sense of place will change the characters.”
In crafting your novel, ask yourself a couple of questions. What is the relationship of a particular setting to your novel’s main characters? Can you imagine him/her in a different setting?
What happens in novels, when the protagonists appear in a new setting—what does that appearance in a new setting have to do with “what the book is about”?
For example, my point of view character, Andy Michael Pilgrim, lived, interacted and changed in the three novels of the Julius Thompson Trilogy: A Brooklyn in Brooklyn, Philly Style and Philly Profile and Ghost of Atlanta.
In the progression of the trilogy, Andy’s early adult life was shaped by growing up in Brooklyn, New York and in the move to Philadelphia he was shocked in his young adult life watching the influence of drugs and gangs destroy young people’s lives. Finally, in returning to his beginnings in Atlanta, Georgia, as an adult, he was shaped by the negative memories of his past.
The three cities were major characters and forced Andy Michael Pilgrim to react as if he was confronting another living person in each novel.
As you craft your novel, ask yourself, “Where does the action take place?”
In reading your novel, the must reader learn pretty quickly in what place and time the story unfolds—in other words, where in time and space the story “is set.”
The setting is the backbone of your novel, upon which you will build a cast of dynamic characters. Research your setting so you can add very, very specific details to make your setting as realistic as possible. You must be very descriptive in your setting to pull and keep people reading your book.
In choosing the setting for your novel, ask yourself these questions:
1. What year is it?
2. What City and town do your characters live in?
3. What is the weather like?
4. What season is it?
5. What type of architecture is found in your setting?
6. What is the setting of your Novel?
7. How do you paint a picture of the setting in the reader’s head?
I hope these hints help you create realistic settings for your novels or short stories.
Happy Writing!!!!!!





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More Blogs by J.E. Thompson
• Phantoms of Rockwood Debut Presentation! - Sunday, February 15, 2015
• JET Blog... - Thursday, June 12, 2014
• Thompson On...Do You Have a Mobile Website - Sunday, October 20, 2013
• Thompson On...A Hard Look at my Web Marketing Habit - Sunday, October 13, 2013
• Author Mary Gilmartin's Effervescent Website! - Thursday, September 20, 2012
• Purple Phantoms' Debut Labor Day Weekend at AJC-Decatur Book Festival! - Friday, September 07, 2012
• Purchase Purple Phantoms - Friday, August 24, 2012
• Thompson On...National Radio "Author Talk" Interview! - Sunday, June 10, 2012
• Thompson On...Mary Gilmartin's Debut Novel Book Signing! - Saturday, June 02, 2012
• Thompson On...Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You1 - Thursday, May 17, 2012
• Julius Thompson Enrolled in the Digitial Revolution! - Tuesday, May 08, 2012
• How I reached the writing of my fifth novel: Chasing The Wind - Friday, May 04, 2012
• Julius Thompson on Julia Widdop National BlogTV Show! - Friday, April 13, 2012
• Thompson On...One Writer's Journey to Become a Successful Novelist! - Sunday, April 01, 2012
• Thompon On...Choosing a Point of View in a Novel! - Tuesday, March 20, 2012
• Thompson On...Subplots in Novels! - Tuesday, March 13, 2012
• Do You Have A Mobile Website? - Monday, December 26, 2011
• Purple Phantoms: Young Adult Novel! - Sunday, December 18, 2011
• Julius Thompson Teen Read Week 2011 Presentation! - Monday, October 17, 2011
• Julius Thompson with Brooklyn Icons! - Thursday, September 22, 2011
• My Birthday Television Interview! - Saturday, September 10, 2011
• The Author's Life: Marketing, Marketing and more Marketing! - Saturday, August 20, 2011
• Is finding a literary agent an impossible dream? - Thursday, August 11, 2011
•  Novel Writing: The Setting! - Saturday, August 06, 2011  
• Goodbye Borders! - Friday, August 05, 2011
• Bloodlines, Tales From the African Diaspora Book Review! - Friday, August 05, 2011
• Building Believalble Characters! - Friday, August 05, 2011
• Description: Be Specific! - Friday, August 05, 2011


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