Sometimes a place functions like a character in fiction. It has a kind of personality other characters have to navigate. Its presence shapes the story.  Consider how in Prince of Tides, the opening sequence is a kind of tour of the coastal backwaters that sets a certain tone, but is not just a verbal photo album of tidewater swampery. Or the house of Usher. Or Gormeghast. Houses know when they are lived in and though near ruin will still hold together as long as they can if occupied. I suspect communities, forests and countrysides have a simlar dynamic. They have/are a kind hypostatis…of something. We see this in a number of stories, but trying to write  place as character easily decends into travelog, and the sence of character gets lost. So, any pointers?

Brad Pauquette Answered question January 15, 2024