Choosing and designing a setting for your content

Updated: Sep 21

Often, to move on with your story, you feel the need to create your own ambiance. With my first book, I did not feel the necessity to have that setting. It would probably be strange if I were to get rid of an electric oven to build a wood burner in my house or if I were to turn my environment into a prison. With my new book, the paranormal dramedy, I feel a bit more freedom in designing my ambiance. It doesn't hurt anyone if I bring some rocks home or close the curtains on one chapter and open them on the other. I'm also arranging different colored vials on my dresser and little velvet pouches with semi-precious stones. It looks cute and cozy. Each time when my daughter walks into my bedroom, she likes to comment that "mama's room looks so witchy now."

Like a new dress, I'm trying on the life of my main character, Ida. How does she feel in this dark room, in the house with her inadequate relatives? What kind of fears and worries does she have? And how is she going to accomplish her mission?

When Ida finds herself locked in her childhood bedroom, until she realizes where she is, I like my room, where I'm working on this book, to be dark. I can see green moss growing on the walls, and I can sense the moisture from the humus outside. The rain is drumming on the window, but I can't see it scattering on the other side because the glass is all glued with mud. Every free-of-my-daily-routine moment, I'm there with her, in that horrifying room, where uncertainty and the unknown terrify her. When floorboards shatter under her feet, and a fog creeps out through the slots, Ida must choose between her fears– to stay inside her bedroom or face her resurrected mother. A mysterious mist crawls along the ramshackle boards. Hazy hands are trembling out of them, and as all of them are trying to reach Ida, she realizes that they are begging her for help. Her mission is not yet complete. She knows she must perform a ritual to free herself and, finally, send her mother in peace. They are both tired from this chasing game. However, after solving her problem, Ida is faced with another challenge, a much bigger one. Now, she must liberate her entire hometown. But how will Ida accomplish this while being an ordinary person without any superpower? She is not a hero. Or is she?

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