Worldbuilding Wednesday: Re-Decorating

Unless you’re getting this in feed/email form, you’ll probably notice there have been some changes around here. I’ve re-decorated the blog to be clearer, more versatile, and a little more professional. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Besides redecorating the blog, I’ve been thinking more about settings, and how redecorating a scene with a different setting may be just the thing to get you back on track with a stuck WIP, or shoot an average scene into the stratosphere.

The Inside/Outside Game: Setting a scene inside gives you a different tone, mood, and space to work with than setting a scene in the great outdoors. Cramped rooms can add to tension or provide the reader with a sense of perspective based on what the characters are feeling through showing the room via the mood of the scene. Outdoor scenes can lighten an otherwise too-intense scene with the space afforded in an outdoor setting, or provide additional layers of conflict via Mother Nature.

You Are Where You’re At: Spaces don’t just define activities, they also can define people. How a character uses a space, dominates it or blends into it, speaks volumes about that person.

Change Is Good: Transitioning scenes are always a source of awkwardness for me, especially if the next scene happens in the same place, after a little time has gone by (which frequently happens in my stories as I like to keep the characters from having to run all over the planet). But they don’t have to be, when the setting itself can change. Outdoor scenes can change in the weather, while indoor scenes can demonstrate the passage of time and the changing of tone with subtle cues such as lighting or moved accessories.

I redecorated my blog to help me become more organized and proactive as I move through the world of indie publishing. You can redecorate your scenes with a change of setting to do the same.

I write about quirky people finding their own ways of leveling up to happily ever after. My short contemporary romantic comedy, Forever Material, is about a Dating Diva who has to choose how much romantic baggage she’s going to hold onto when she meets the right kind of Mr. Wrong.

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She’s absolutely sure he’s not the marrying kind…

He’s absolutely sure she’s right…

But he’s still going to prove her wrong.


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  1. June 20, 2012

    Athena, it’s a nice clean look, but I had to drop the resolution on my screen to 50% to see the whole page. The books on the right side of the screen weren’t totally visible. Don’t know if that my problem or something funky in your setup.

    About the redecorating — if you’ve ever watched Design Star, the white room challenge, you can easily see how the setting of the room changes with the elements each designer puts in the area. I think changing settings is a great idea, especially if the scene just isn’t working for you. Great blog!

  2. June 21, 2012

    Looks great, Jen!
    Ron and I were watching some of the videos you posted–Worf, and the one about Star Trek vs. Star Wars. We were laughing out loud. Never realized poor Worf got put down so much!

  3. June 21, 2012

    I love Worf, LOL. Klingons are awesome. I loved the bike ride with the AT-AT walker–one of my favorite scenes from the Empire Strikes Back.

  4. June 22, 2012

    Hi Jen,

    I like all the white space. I had a hard time finding the “comment” button, you might want to make that near the end of your article.

    As always I like the “right of center” and “thinking sideways” and love your avitar.

    Happy Ever After to you too.

  5. June 28, 2012

    Wow! It certainly is a change. IMO, the other design was professional, but didn’t really have the same feel as the material you currently have published. Love the suggestions on setting. I know I try to put my characters where ever there will be more conflict.

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