Does the Setting come first?

Girvan Beach 016I’m inclined to think it does, because if you have an idea about a pub scene or a murder, you have to decide where it will take place and this gives you a location – streets, walkways, pier, fishing boats, yachts. (All with possibilities).

Also you have the variety of people who will frequent the locality – fishermen, yachtsmen, tourists, locals, pub crawlers, day trippers.

In ‘Body in a Bag’ I decided a murder could take place in a yacht. It was unfortunate for the victim that the mist delayed the yacht from sailing and forced the murderer’s hand.

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One Response to Does the Setting come first?

  1. Yes, you are correct. Setting is the most important element of any story with characters.

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