Creating your own world view

As writers, we’re all aware of the need to build believable backdrops to our stories. In the case of speculative fiction, ie: science fiction or fantasy, they don’t necessarily need to be based on real places, but they do need to constructed in a way that aids the reader to suspend their disbelief. 

Personally, when I get an idea for a story, I have to decide where I want to place it before I start the plotting process. As I write YA urban fantasy, it’s obvious that the main setting has to be in a city; but what type of city: futuristic, realistic, or pure fantasy? In the case of my YA urban fantasy trilogy, The Silver Flute Trilogy, I decided to garner locations from my home town, Liverpool. The city is a fascinating mixture of the old and new, sometimes jarring, as the new stands cheek by jowl with the old, but always interesting. This jumble of architecture ignites the flames of the imagination in a way that can lead the observer along the paths of creativity, be it writing, photography, or any other creative process you care to think of.

That said, the contrast can be amazing. The more traditional parts of Liverpool take you back into the past, with cobbled streets, old terraced houses and Victorian buildings of such beauty, they take your breath away. The more modern architecture is also amazing, transposing their brilliance on their older brethren in a way that can be absolutely stunning, or annoying, depending on your point of view. Traversing the streets is a journey through time, with a rich contrast between the futuristic and the past. It’s a veritable treasure chest for a writer, pouring ideas for stories and books into the brain and creating a palette of creativity.

For me it’s a great place to seek out diverse locations for my work and is an endless source of inspiration. So, let’s all, as writers, stride out and seek new places and faces to fuel our work, and never look back.

The Silver Flute Trilogy

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