The Significance of Setting in Mystery Novels

Photo is of Shadows-on-the-Teche by Joseph Shadows-on-the-Teche is located in New Iberia, Louisiana, and mentioned frequently in James Lee Burke’s mystery novels featuring his detective Dave Robicheaux. The setting of a mystery novel has often been used to mirror the novel’s plot or to express the inner conflicts of the protagonist as he or she…

Military Slang: Language of the United States Armed Forces

Photo of U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds was taken by Don Sullivan Note: The following article contains language that may be offensive to some. Although I do not swear very often myself, and I use swear words sparingly in my fiction, the article is posted because most civilians have little knowledge of military slang. If a…

The Importance of Setting in Fiction

Photo is “For Sunday – a Church in North Georgia” by JR P The significance of a setting in a work of fiction cannot be underestimated. Poets can use precise details of setting to convey both an emotion they are trying to evoke or to symbolize an element that they are emphasizing. Writers often record…