Today I wanted to talk to you about creating effective setting in your writing.
Setting is so incredibly important when it comes writing a story because it can really draw the reader in. However, it has to be done right or it can completely ruin it.
The first thing you need to ask yourself is ‘why is this relevant to my story?’ because a setting should always serve a purpose. For example, a characters bedroom should tell us something about them or where they live should tell us something about their upbringing. Is your character part of a specific culture? Can the setting be used to tell us more about that culture?
If it adds nothing, then it doesn’t need to be there.
Include the 5 senses. Our senses are the most powerful tools and all serve a very important purpose. If we lose one sense, the others heighten which goes to show how key they are to human survival. Using the senses creates a strong visual image in the readers mind and pulls them in.
Use pathetic fallecy to aid the setting. It’s all well and good having a creepy house at the end of the street or a beach, but the weather will help the setting to serve its purpose. A dark stormy night will make a creepy house a lot scarier than a sunny day. But remember, it’s okay to do the unexpected and juxtapose the two as well.
I hope you guys have found this useful and I’m sorry it’s short but I didn’t want to make it a long and boring read. Please let me know any ideas or feedback you have in the comments below.