|Rose Ross Zediker|
What’s a confined setting? A location of some type that basically ‘locks’ the couple together with no escape. Confined settings keep your couple together and heightens the conflict because there are few places for them to be alone.
In my novella, Railroaded into Love, I used a railroad chapel car for my confined setting. Although it is parked on a side rail and they do walk to a nearby town, their ‘home’ quarters is close. There is nowhere for the couple to go that they don’t run into each other which heightens conflict if they are fighting anger or attraction.
Historical fiction gives you a lot of leeway with confined settings because there were few or non-existent communication devices so there was no way to call for help. Also modes of transportation was limited so couples would have to stay put in their setting until the next stage coach, train or visiting neighbor came through their area.
Other confined settings for historical fiction could be:
A wilderness cabin
A covered wagon
A line shack
Confined settings in contemporary fiction is trickier. Everyone owns a cell phone so you can’t ‘lock’ your characters in an attic or department store because they can call for help. You can lock them in a building with thick walls where they can’t receive a signal or have both of their cell phones die, but if you do that you must create a very realistic situation like a raging thunderstorm or blizzard that knocks out power or if you write suspense, a kidnapping or hostage situation.
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A few ideas for confined contemporary settings are:
An off season hunting cabin
A National or State Park lodge
A rural retreat center
An abandoned warehouse.
Also keep in mind for confined settings in contemporary novellas that modes of transportation are more readily available. A hunting cabin right off of a main state highway isn’t a confined setting because a character with a broken down car can walk to the highway and hitch a ride. However, if the characters were deep into a forest leaf peeping, got lost, and stumbled across a hunting cabin, it can be a confined setting.
Almost any place can be a confined setting if your reason for the character(s) to be there is believable. Don’t hesitate in either historical or contemporary to use the weather. A blizzard, tornado or flash flood can all be devices to get your characters ‘stuck’ in a confined setting.
Now let’s have some fun. Share your confined setting ideas. Either one you’ve used while writing a story or read in a favorite book or novella.
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BIO: Multi-published author and RITA finalist, Rose Ross Zediker, writes contemporary and historical inspirational romances and has over one hundred publishing credits in the Christian magazine genre for children and adults. Her titles have appeared on ECPA bestseller lists and been finalists for the RITA, National Reader's Choice, Booksellers Best and Book Buyers Best award contests. Rose is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.
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