By: Daniel Murphy
On its most basic level, the setting of your story is simply the location at which your story takes place, like a set
to a stage show. This includes the location,
the immediate surroundings, the weather and the time. But quite often, the
setting is much more than just the ‘where and when’ of your story.
The setting will show much about your characters – their lifestyle, how they respond to recognizable and unfamiliar environments and how they are feeling. The description of an environment familiar to the reader can even direct them to special memories of their own. Rather than simply throwing your characters into an apartment building ‘just because’, consider how that setting will affect your characters and your plot. Think about how the location and time can be symbolic or metaphorical.
The type of story you are writing will have a significant impact on the way you describe your setting. In a thriller, the author employs dark imagery and metaphor to evoke a feeling of discomfort in the reader.
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