Grounded in Reality

Settings have always been my weakness. I love epic fantasies, and science fiction stories but I struggle with coming up with settings that rival those epic places. The worlds that are built around the stories always leave me breathless. So I’ve started working to try and better focus on my settings.

One of the best ways I’ve found is to ground my setting in reality. Find a picture of a place that you like and imagine that is the background of your story. Now, this can work for just about any type of setting, the world is filled with some very strange and interesting places.

Working on an alien planet? Look at photos of the bottom of the ocean. Fantasy world? New Zealand has some beautiful locales to examine. You can also just look at the world around you. Remember that your reader is letting you create this world, so keep things grounded in reality and expand out from there.

Here are just a few amazing pictures of places from around the world!

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Cenotes Caves in Mexico

Thor’s Well – “the gates of the dungeon.” CapePerpetua, Oregon.

Thor’s Well – “the gates of the dungeon.” CapePerpetua, Oregon.

Desert with Phacelia

Desert with Phacelia (Scorpion Weed)

Gryfino, Poland

Gryfino, Poland

Danxia landform

Zhangye, Province of Gansu

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New Zealand

Lena Pillars. Russia

Lena Pillars. Russia

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Bottom of the Ocean

Tongariro Crossing

Tongariro Crossing

 

There is inspiration and magic to be found in the world all around us. Harness the magic in the real, and put the real in your magic to give the reader a sense of reality even when far away on Mars or in the ancient forests of a lost Elvin fortress.

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