Today, I'm looking at the when of a story. When the story takes place is very important to the writer. Let's look at the number of whens that go into a story.
When can be the century. The story can take place any time from prehistorical times to the future, The time period of a story can help create the story. I have a series set in an ancient alternate Egypt. The when had a part in determining the alternate world part of the story. I learned there were no camels in Egypt until around one AD. My story was set in BC centuries before. Thus I had to change the focus of the story.
Many of my stories are contemporary and what happens in the world around is important. I seldom mention the political events but looking at the medical advances is important.
So century does have an effect in a story and often means research.
The when also means things like season, time of day. I'll look at these Next week.