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What Influences Your #Setting Descriptions?
Real locations are my favorite to write about. For my first book series, Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program, Pandora High School had many similarities to the high school I attended. Write what you know, right?
Sometimes, I scour Pinterest for inspiration. Check out the page for my next series (after)life lessons.
Every once in awhile, I type a chapter, read it back, and realize I’ve taken another book’s setting! My editor pointed this out when she read the chapter about Vita Post Mortem Academy’s cafeteria called The Dreadfort. It had an eerie similarity to Hogwart’s Great Hall.
To avoid accidental plagiarizing, I made the tables round instead of long, removed all candles from the chandeliers and replaced them with electricity, set up a high-tech video screen, and made large windows in the back for viewing the cemetery. Ok, still sounds similar, but you can’t mess with perfection!
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#Copyright #Investments and an Accurate #Setting
Today’s inspiration comes from the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation (CAIA) I am studying for. The chapter focuses on real assets, specifically various methods of investing in intangible assets like patents, copyrights, arts, and film. The historical returns for the asset class look pretty good. Hopefully I’ll be on the receiving end of that one day!
I received a few comments back from my editor. Food for thought…how real do you have to make actual places in a fictional story? Perhaps real settings should inspire locations in a story, but to be safe, change the name.