I am from South Africa, but live in Taiwan - specifically central Taiwan, in a town that only recently became a city. I commute to work by train every day and as I stare out the window at the changing landscape I feel a rhythm of growth and development, a pulse of green mixed with asphalt and concrete and traffic.
In writing/crafting my own fiction recently I am trying to be more aware of my physical surroundings as resource material. I am great at coming up with plots and characters, but settings have always been a bit tricky for me.
How do I place my character/s in a great setting, and then have them move from place to place in a way that makes sense to the plot, the theme, the narrative arc, and the world in general? That is my biggest challenge at present.
How about you? Do the real settings and places you travel through and visit in your ‘real’ life make their way into your fictions? How do you balance plot and place and pace? How do you adapt and change what is real to make your fiction more concrete and believable?
Any tips or tricks or examples or resources would be much appreciated.