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Camp Nano Report

Not much added to the word count yesterday. Not because I didn't work on my story, but just because not all story-work involves adding words to the text. I spent most of my time brainstorming the settings of my various scenes. Trying to think outside the box of the first draft in regards to settings. No use plodding out words to a second draft if after you're done, the story still feels flat.

And then, as if to validate that decision, I read this entry by swan_tower over at Bookview Cafe:

http://bookviewcafe.com/blog/2013/04/05/overwriting-the-world/

It's about setting in urban fantasy stories. My story is science fiction, but it reads like urban fantasy and definitely follows the tropes of urban fantasy in most regards, including setting the story in a large, very real city, in this case, San Francisco. San Francisco is one of those cities that sparks images and assumptions in the head of readers, and you want to take advantage of what's interesting and mundane and unique about that city to ground a story that veers into the fantastic, in order to make the fantastic come alive for all that realistic detail.


1780 / 10000 words. 18% done!

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cornerofmadness
Apr. 6th, 2013 02:36 am (UTC)
I liked the article. I also love it when details of real cities are used. I try to do that as much as possible in my UF stories.
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 6th, 2013 03:35 am (UTC)
The Real of the real city gives the fantasy more of a feeling of being reality as well, which is something you can really only get in urban fantasy (as opposed to other kinds of fantasy).
cornerofmadness
Apr. 6th, 2013 03:36 am (UTC)
agreed.
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