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Excellent advice! You 100% set up a moody, creepy mystery with nothing but setting description! Would read this story.

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Haha, thank you, Jodi!

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This post is packed with great advice. Also? There is a story here, just in the tiny snippets of scene/setting you shared. Like Jodi, 100% WOULD READ.

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Haha thank you ๐Ÿ˜‚ perhaps with all that time I have, I can write it

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May 12, 2023Liked by Susan Dennard

Wow! This is such an insightful post, and my goodness Sooz, you need to turn that snippet into a story!

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Ah, thank you!!

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agreed! Short story inspo next time you need a quick writing break? ;)

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May 12, 2023Liked by Susan Dennard

Such a great post! Thanks so much for addressing my question ๐Ÿ˜

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Thank YOU for asking and being a subscriber!

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If you want a good comparison to what is good for storytelling vs playing: I recommend you play and watch the last of us.

There is a LOT-less action in the show, but there's more tension. And they add quirks like, when the protagonists have an encounter in a town they're passing through and kill someone, another enemy will start calling that person's name to see if they're ok. It happens in the game a couple times, but it's not as intentional compared to the show.

There are even articles/videos that break these differences and similarities down.

https://www.etonline.com/the-last-of-us-the-biggest-changes-between-the-game-and-tv-show-199282

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Yes! Comparing two different mediums is always great. Iโ€™m reading the Expanse books and rewatching the show, and itโ€™s so cool how they have to change and adjust things from the book to share the same information.

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May 12, 2023Liked by Susan Dennard

This is something that has been kicking around in my brain a lot lately because I'm working on a YA scifi book that has different planets which have different cultures and species and environments and it's been a STRUGGLE so thank you for this. It came at the perfect time. :) If you have any suggestions for resources around settings, I'd love to hear them!

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Iโ€™m so glad this was good timing! I love me a scifi with different planets and cultures ๐Ÿ˜

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Ughhh now I want to read THIS story!!!

Your process - and the final point, that you can foreshadow events or genre with different objects in the setting - reminds me so much of D&D. Your GM is trying to describe the setting but also subtly encourage you to check out certain objects...so similar.

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Haha, well, I AM a DM! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Oooh I can't wait to use these ideas! I love how active it makes the scene.

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Okay well now I need to know what happened in that mansion!

Also the geeky joy I had at seeing the Chekhovโ€™s Gun reference โ€” it was the first thing that popped into my head when I read the two questions.

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