A rich time setting
Note: you need some internet access for this one. If you don't have internet access where you write, or it's quite weak, use these time prompts instead.
When is your story set? If you don't have a time-setting, Wikipedia has a handy list to give you ideas. Even if it's contemporary, pick the exact year.
You're going to spend ten minutes researching your story's time-setting online - here's some ideas about what kind of things to find out:
and here's a range of useful websites to explore. Only ten minutes mind - don't fall down the rabbit hole! Make quick notes in your notebook as you go.
Once you've got a richer idea of your story's time setting, spend another ten minutes writing about how that time setting affects the story.
Tomorrow we'll play with Plot-layering. If you want to share what you invent, tweet me @WritersGreenHse. I'd love to hear.
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