On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

Personal notes on writing techniques, writing a novel, my writing career and threading your way through publishing a book.

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RITA Award Winning Author -- that's like the Oscar, folks! Futuristic/Fantasy Romance and Fantasy with Romantic Subplots.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Seasons In Books


Unless you are writing strict historical and need to know (consider the Frost Fairs in Regency London when the Thames froze), the seasons of most books set in "present day" or on other worlds are completely determined by the author.

Maybe the story demands them -- people trapped in a cabin in a snowstorm, maybe the writer wants to play with autumn as a theme of ending relationships. Whatever, there is usually a reason WHY the season is as it is.

In the Heart books, all the timing -- the skipping of years, was set up to age Tinne Holly and Lahsin Burdock Yew to a proper age for their own book.

And in Heart Search, I just wrote "Though the days had been nice for spring, the nights had been unseasonably cool." Why? Because I want fires in fireplaces in the evenings. I'm thinking I might have more than one use for cool nights...

Above pic: Heart Journey takes place in late summer (August, though the month begins with the new moons and is the month of Vine).

May you enjoy the weather today.


Blogger N. R. Williams said...

In my epic fantasy, I use a blizzard to enhance the loss my character is feeling for his beloved who has been kidnapped by the evil guy. She is the heroine...poor guy, always trying to rescue her and never quite getting the job done.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

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