— Friedrich Nietzsche (via liberatingreality)
thegreatnarwhalsmuffin said: Do you know any good places to either uses as references or do you have any pointers for creating a small town? Like quirky and slightly creepy with all sorts of unique characters altogether in one place - what would be a good way to go about developing that?
Settings and World Building is our very general tag about, well, settings and world building. However, as for specifically creating a town:
- Writing a Novel: The Appeal of the Small Town Setting
- Writing the small town
- How To Create Your Own Small Town
- How do things work in really small towns?
- A Close-Knit Community
- Down on the Farm
- Everytown, America.
- Quirky Town
- The Town with a Dark Secret
- A Close-Knit Communit
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink
- Pinpoint how dense your town is. Usually when we talk about small towns we mean than 10,000 people, but it varies.
- Use lists: make a list of every feature your town should have. Make a list of all the locals. Make a list of the supernatural creatures there are (if there are any, or the town is more sinister because of what the humans do). If you want to go as far as making the town have its own mythology and legends, you can do it. If you’re creating your own creatures, or if you’re using already existent ones, make a list of all of them and develop their respective mythos, if only “what they are”, “how they look like”, “what they do”, “powers and weaknesses”, and the like, as well as their history with the town (if it’s known and people are indifferent to it, or a secret).
- Draw a map of your town, if possible, and find out where your town is (if it is in a real place, or part of a fictional world at large).
It all depends on what atmosphere you want to give the town. If you just want it to be really creepy and strange, or if you want it to have bits of humor, but still be creepy. Southern Gothic, for example, is known for relying on the American South (though it’s not completely fantastical, more so about magical realism, which seems to be what you’re going for), and uses small towns as settings frequently.
Look at small towns in fiction and see how they are depicted. Night Vale is known specially for it, for example.
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