Developing Your Story
Part Three: The Setting
The setting: The place of which your story takes place.
Establishing the Setting
Setting is the time and place, or a series of times and places, where the
protagonist andthe antagonist meet.
Characters and action should interact with the setting
Readers should learn about the setting through the eyes of the narrator,
so a description of surroundings must come naturally through as the narrator
If the setting plays a key role in the plot, you must give vivid details,
always being careful to establish the right atomsphere for the characters
Imply a clear setting
Know all the details, even details that will never appear in the story
How does the setting look?
What sounds can you hear in this setting? What do these sounds tell
the reader about the setting?
How does the setting fee? Is it cold? Is it hot?
What is the setting's mood? Is it depressing? Eerie and/or frightening?
How does it smell? What do the smells tell the reader about the setting?
What is the time of the setting? Present, past, future? Is the time of
day important? Is the time of year important?
What is the space? Is it acres, miles, a 20' by 20' room?
Is there more than one setting? If so, ask the same questions about
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