Sunday, April 21, 2013
Setting as a plot driver
My sister-in-law sent this photo of the Oregon coast this morning. Besides being breathtaking, (I miss the ocean from my home near the center of the North American continent), it set my mind to spinning with story line settings:
Take away the homes, and you could be an explorer seeing this for the first time.
You could be distraught, thinking of jumping off. Or a child playing with his friends when one slips, and your life changes forever.
You could be returning home after a war, wondering if your true love has waited for you.
You could be a criminal looking for a place to hide out, or the lawman hunting you.
You could be a battered wife looking for a new start, or newlyweds heading for a romantic bed and breakfast.
A weary executive, wanting to relax, maybe do some fishing.
A painter seeking to break through his creative stagnation.
Is there an artist community below? A fishing village? Militant training camp?
Is a storm approaching? Will an oil tanker spring a leak? Does the storm beach a whale that brings a host of television crews to town?
What secrets lie in the brush at your feet? A body? A baby's shoe? An engagement ring? A rare plant with the power to cure?