Setting The Scene
Setting for a story is important, exciting, and often challenging.
While I endeavor to give my readers a vivid sense of where and when events occur, I struggle with what is essential versus what "I" wish to highlight.
- Sensory details are essential.
- Show what is surprising or strange to the main character.
- Introduce emotional qualities of the 'place.' Tragic, Cheerful, Nostalgic, or another emotion.
- How does the character feel about the place?
- Is the story set in the city, the desert, or an imaginary world?
- What are the key details that make your story's setting interesting?
"You and Elvis have done a great job on this house," Meredith said as her older sister led the way downstairs toward the kitchen, where the tour began. "Sorry I couldn't get over until now, but I've been sort of...well, busy. " She hoped her sister didn't ask her to define busy. Becoming a zombie and dealing with the entire raised from the dead issue over the past six months was not a topic easily plunked into casual conversation.