We spent the long weekend in Leavenworth, Washington and while we were there I started thinking a lot about settings.
See, Leavenworth is a Bavarian village nestled in the mountains of central Washington. Its downtown is full of little German shops and restaurants and minutes away are miles of apple orchards and untouched forest. It is a gorgeous and diverse setting and the whole time we were there I kept thinking, "I should totally write a story set in Leavenworth." Unfortunately I haven't thought of one-- yet.
So check it out. (Sorry, my cheap digital camera and lack of photography skills don't really do it justice).
Yes, those are my kid's (and husband's) backsides. Aren't they cute?
Okay, so what I'm wondering is this: do you ever write stories BASED on the setting? I've never tried it before. For me the plot always comes first and the characters and setting fall into place later, but I know it can be done.
If you haven't ever tried to write a story starting with a setting, have you considered it? Is there any place you'd love to write about?