ON THE SETTINGS IN PRIVATEER—
It’s always been difficult for me to get setting descriptions just right. Sometimes, I create the character’s surroundings on the spot and make it up as I go along in the chapter. Sometimes, I’ve had it planned for so long that it could probably be called obsessive compulsive.
But I’m not. *eye twitch*
I just have a hard time with describing places. It’s one of the main reasons why I began to write plays in the first place… so I wouldn’t be obligated to announce to the audience exactly what the inside of a coat closet smells like, or how the grass in the meadow is likened to the fluffy fibers of a fuzzy, green comforter. I used to hate excessive descriptions that go on for pages and pages. I thought they were unnecessary and altogether irritating.
Turns out, I was kind of wrong.
A few years ago while working on another project that involved the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, I discovered the beauty in description. It took the burden of being able to use only a few lines to paint the breath-taking, staggering glory of a centuries-old, Gothic masterpiece to make me realize that the right amount of description can flavor a scene or sweeten a moment. It’s indispensable to a novel and stunning in a play.
For Privateer, I’ve decided upon a few key settings… some of which I haven’t written into existence yet.* But here are a few photos that I think capture what I’m trying to portray…
*I may update this post as I introduce new settings in Privateer.