L is for Locations

L is for Locations!

Are there any certain places that always seem to pop up in your writing, intentionally or not? For me, unsurprisingly (for those that aren’t regular followers, I am a librarian), I find that libraries appear quite regularly in my work.

I don’t do this on purpose, and libraries are never a key aspect of my stories. And yet, at some point, characters always seem to find themselves in some kind of library! Sometimes this is a big, dedicated library space, and other times it is a personal study, but still full of books and some place for someone to sit and read or research.

The reasons for this probably aren’t too deep. I like libraries, and I am familiar with them. They are useful, and they can be so utterly magical without any special kind of magic. They are places to rest, places to learn, and sometimes they can be places of danger, too. They can be similar or totally unique, and I love those possibilities.

So what about you? Any certain locations that you always find your stories veering to? Any particular reason why?

14 Responses so far.

  1. jenbradlee says:
    I pondered long and hard about your question. There doesn't seem to be a specific location that pops up in my work, but I will admit I do have a writing prompt journal entry using the Library as a location. It's kinda kinky, but that would be why it's in my journal and not in a story out for publication. ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved you post.
  2. T. Drecker says:
    I thought about it, and no, there isn't one. But there are certain phrases or mannerisms which tend to reoccur. Libraries are a magical place. I love visiting them, so why would characters too ? ๐Ÿ˜‰
  3. S.K. Anthony says:
    Hmm…bulidings and factories. I don't have a personal reason but this is where are all the "bad" guys run their operations. I made a note to myself, this must change soon lol
  4. cleemckenzie says:
    I'm particularly fond of caves. Why? I ask myself that all the time because I'm claustrophobic and can't even think of caves without getting the shakes.
  5. Mere Joyce says:
    See, it's really interesting that some people have their locations, and others don't. And yay for kinky libraries! (Okay, that sounded weird and creepy, but that's alright for a Monday).
  6. I'm with C. Lee – I have a few caves featured in my stories and I'm not sure why – maybe it's some kind of unconcious symbolism for characters dealing with their inner turmoil – or not. I'm also writing people into the outdoors and I write with a window view of outside near me.
  7. Lexa Cain says:
    I don't think I have any recurring settings (other than Egypt, which is planned). Perhaps hotels, since that's the normal place a foreigner would stay when in Egypt. Fun post – it made me think!
  8. Loved this post. I don`t think I have a special place I put my characters. I have noticed that my people are frequently on the run. go figure.
  9. Kim Graff says:
    I gravitate toward libraries in real life allll the time, but not so much in stories. I usually like international settings, because I love to travel and love to research new places. Very interesting post, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~ Kim

  10. Rhonda Albom says:
    We write what we know ๐Ÿ™‚ I am doing a memoirs now, so I know all the locations ๐Ÿ™‚
  11. Alex Hurst says:
    Taverns, inns, etc appear very frequently in my writing. I think the fact that I moved a lot as a kid, and also that the genre I write in typically involves a lot of character traveling, lends itself to that truth. Cool question. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Alex Hurst, fantasy author in Japan, participating in Blogging A-Z April Challenge.

  12. Sharon Himsl says:
    I love libraries too, and come to think of it, a character in my book does go to one (which is where everything goes wrong too). I'm not a librarian, but my affection for libraries goes way back. I would also add beaches and coffee shops ๐Ÿ™‚
  13. Deshipley says:
    I'm always pleased if I can work in a forest. Even a miniature forest. A tiny copse of trees. Anything!