Since we’re focusing on setting around here, I thought I’d jump in and contribute my two cents to the topic.
“So, where are you from?”
That’s one of the questions asked most frequently and early on in the conversation when you meet someone for the first time.
Setting--where our fictional worlds are placed--tells a lot about our characters. And their backgrounds--where they were born and raised--can reveal even more about them, as well as influence their development as story people.
The same is true for humans!
What about you? Are you a City Mouse or a Country Mouse? Did you grow up in a place that’s large in area, where the properties are spread out and people had lots of elbow room? Or do you come from a city or town that’s large in population but small in size, so people lived nearly rubbing shoulders with each other?
My hometown was highly populated but, being only about three miles square, didn’t take up much space on the map. Today, in the town I call home, I travel nearly that distance to get to the grocery store!
I’d have to say the smallness of my hometown had both pros and cons. On the one hand, as a child, I found having so many people around gave me a sense of security. On the other hand, as an adult, I can see where that upbringing led to the need for some space around me.
So, where are you from? How did your surroundings impact you as you were growing up, and how did they help form the person you are today?
What did you like best about the place where you were raised? What did you like least about it?
Whichever of the above questions appeal to you, I’m eager to hear your answers!
All my best to you,
Barbara White Daille