A Few Tips on Setting

*Instead of a huge list of describing words, focus on one specific detail of your character’s setting.

*Make it dramatic through strong nouns and active verbs, and the senses. If your character is familiar with the place, make sure she REALLY knows it well.

*Treat the setting like a character. Have the character interact with the setting.

*Attach emotions to nature or objects to show the character’s mood. “lonely prairie” . . . “grim rain”

Exercise: What geographic setting do YOU know intimately? First, write a long description. Next, focus on one of those specific details. Use your senses to bring this setting alive.

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