Setting - The Michener Effect

My wife dislikes James Michener. "He's so unbelievably wordy in terms of the setting and describing every aspect of the place." I'll admit to being a science nerd so I actually like Michener's lengthy descriptions of the changing geology over the eons. When I begin a new novel, I tend to find myself beginning with the setting as well. I'm no James Michener, but I like to describe it using all my senses. The prose comes more naturally and it gets me into a writing rhythm. The dialogue usually flows freely after this 'senses setup'. Even when I have no idea of the plot yet, there's always the setting. 

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  • Piper
    Piper Mauritius
    A kindred spirit! I read many of James Michener's when I was a teen - big hunk of book, bonus. Totally immersive in the environment - double bonus. I find writing setting first also grounds me, it helps draw me into the story world that's only just forming, but I can experience it through all my senses. (Hopefully, the reader does too!) It may end up not being an opening sentence or scen

    A kindred spirit! I read many of James Michener's when I was a teen - big hunk of book, bonus. Totally immersive in the environment - double bonus.
    I find writing setting first also grounds me, it helps draw me into the story world that's only just forming, but I can experience it through all my senses. (Hopefully, the reader does too!)
    It may end up not being an opening sentence or scen

  • Vince Uy
    Vince Uy Shanghai
    Actually, I don't know what The Michener Effect is. But when you discussed it here, I got the chance to know what it means and how I can see it with my own life. We really need to reflect things on ourselves because we need to see it. Actually, I am hoping to see more [url=https://www.resumesservicesreviews.com/resumewritinggroup-com-review/]resume writing group reviews[/url] about The Michener Effect, isn't it?

    Actually, I don't know what The Michener Effect is. But when you discussed it here, I got the chance to know what it means and how I can see it with my own life. We really need to reflect things on ourselves because we need to see it. Actually, I am hoping to see more resume writing group reviews about The Michener Effect, isn't it?

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