Often, our favorite characters are tied to, or directly linked to, a place. Certain genres are rather dependent upon the establishment of a setting. Some narratives will not work unless it is set within a certain space. The story cannot take place just anywhere.
This has been true for William Faulkner and Sherwood Anderson. Each author created entire worlds around one county or town, respectively. In Alice Notley’s The Descent of Alette, the underground is a required place. Integral to the plot, the subterranean is highlighted by Notley and functions as a character unto itself.
In this week’s writing prompt, place takes center stage. To bring forward place in this, and perhaps future writing, make a list of at least 8 place you have lived. For each place identified and written down, associate a noun with it. For example:
1. New York – Jack Kerouac.
Next, provide that place and its associate with a sentence, like so:
1. New York – Jack Kerouac: I arrived in New York with the belief that I missed Jack Kerouac by about five minutes.
These 8 places are just simple lists. They do not have to be elaborate or profound. This can just be a list of settings that come to mind based off of your personal experiences. If you have not lived in many places, then try to note places within your town that trigger a certain resonance to them.
Anyone interested in sharing? Please post your poetic list of place by leaving a comment on this post. We would love to see what everyone comes up with.