Today I randomly stumbled across FindYourSpot.com (it really was a random stumble – I was reading one thing that led me to another and so on and so forth — really, isn’t that what makes the Internet grand?) It intrigued me, so I played along and filled our their little quiz. Turns out, given my preferences, I should live in Chattanooga, TN or Asheville, NC. I’ve been to the latter and enjoyed it, though I’m not sure I’d really want to live there. I have been to Chattanooga, but it was when I was…seven-ish? That’s been a while. Can’t say I recall much more than the choo-choo.
Regardless, it got me thinking about choosing where my story takes place (or where my characters are from.) It seems like the site might be a fun resource if you haven’t already settled on a setting. You can choose things that you know your character loves – or if you’re a mean author (as I tend to be) things they hate – and find the best (or worst) place to put them. Obviously you’d need to then do a bit more research about the location so it comes across correctly (you never know when you’re going to hit a reader that’s actually been where you’re saying they live. Unless, of course, you write things set in imaginary places. Then it probably matters less.) Still, I spent some fun time playing with their quiz (I never did manage to get it to tell me to live where I do. Go figure.)
If nothing else, it’s a fun way to procrastinate for 30 minutes or so.