Setting the stage

There are some stories I've read where the author didn't introduce the setting very well, and I felt like I was dropped into a black pit with two people talking in the dark (or, at best, surrounded by fog or fuzzy light). Ever feel like that?

Other times, the author opens with SO MUCH SETTING DETAIL I'm bored silly before the end of page one.

I was at Seekerville yesterday talking about how you can avoid both of those scenarios:

Camy here, talking about opening scenes and settings.

This is especially important for historical and fantasy/speculative fiction writers who need to introduce an entirely new world for the reader within the first few pages without sounding like a travel guide and without confusing the reader.

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