When choosing a setting for my novel I usually pick a place I have lived before (So I won't have to do as much research) hehe. But I have always been fond of places that I would love to write about someday, like New Orleans. There is so much to think about when writing fiction, plot, characters, etc. that setting seems to take a back seat for me. But I am beginning to realize just how important it is.
The setting makes the story world feel real to a reader, it engages their imagination and enhances the mood of the story.
Location, Location, Location
Here are the basics for creating a setting:
- Where is the setting?
- What year is it?
- What time of year is it?
- What time of day is it?
- What is the weather like?
- What is the architecture and/or the geography?
Setting the Stage
- The setting creates the ambiance of the scene and sets the mood
- The setting supports and enhances the plot
- Setting can be used to create metaphors for the story
- The location's unique characteristics can be highlighted. How is this place interesting?
- Are there specific places that scenes could take place that would enhance the story?
- How do the characters interact with the setting?
It's All In The Details
I've learned that the setting helps to immerse the reader so it feels like they are actually in the story world. Details are important. It is better to say an 83' Toyota Tacoma than "the vehicle." Be as specific as you can. Also, try to include action verbs in describing the setting, and provide enough sprinkling of detail throughout so the reader knows where the characters are.
The 5 Senses
Another way to enhance the story setting is to include the five senses.
This is a fantastic resource for writers. It explains the fundamentals of strong scene construction and other useful fiction-writing techniques such as character development, setting description, and plot.
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What do you think about setting? Are there any techniques that you use?