I have sometimes wanted to begin an entire story just after seeing one magnificent natural view. Be it an emerald valley, amethyst mountains or ruby dunes. This point gives me cause to believe that setting is extremely important. Maybe it is more important for the writer than for the reader? To successfully present readers with a believable ‘world’ you need to first be inspired and understand it yourself. It should be as real as reality to you and as clear as crystal. I am by no means an expert, but there are a few things I like to do to help me keep on track when I am writing. I know I have written on this before, but I continue to learn things about this subject that add to my thoughts and I like to share. 🙂
Sometimes a specific photo or clipping may not even relate to what you are writing, but something about it presents a unique thought to your mind that gets the creative juices flowing. Sometimes making a folder of different geographical sites will allow you to view and possibly let your characters explore more widely. If you, as the writer, know your ‘world’ then there will be no problem for your readers to also become familiar with it. Know each hill and valley, know the paths and rivers – it is important that you allow the setting of your book to feel true. It is not good enough to have a rough idea on paper and make a little dotted line where the travellers pass by or where main events take place – you need to literally ‘see’ what you are presenting. Never underestimate the power of imagination and a readers ability to pick up elements that conflict. Create with care and continue to keep up the standard – remember that the little world you are writing into existence is as important to your characters as earth is to us. 🙂 Happy writings.