No. I didn’t scrap my wip and start over. I tried but decided I was going to stick with what I have and keep pushing on. I like it as is and when it’s finished, I’ll worry about those details and see what needs to be changed.
My wip is set in L.A. and I want the city to feel like a character in itself. As I’ve been doing this, it got me thinking. What do others do to create a life in the setting? Sometimes setting aren’t that important but sometimes the setting is just as important as the plot. I especially see that in steampunk and high fantasy. Without that setting, it falls flat. Harry Potter would not be the same without Hogwarts.
L.A. obviously has a lot to work with in making it a character but what if you didn’t have an L.A.? What do other writers of the world do? How do you make your setting a distinct character that if you removed it, your work wouldn’t work? What are some of your favorite works that encompass setting in such a way?