Place as Character— By Jonathan Rabb
Make Place a character. The only way characters can be compelling is if the space surrounding them is a character. Space defines the relationship with a character.
Inject something of the characters in the place. Have tension and conflict exist between the person and the space.
While we’re careful not to write a character doing something out of character, the same rule works for place. Don’t write something out of character for the place. Don’t invent a left turn for a real street if, in reality, you can’t make that left turn.