“Remember in your story that setting is the other character. It is as important to your story as the people in it because it gives them context and can ideally be used to heighten drama and tension, depending on where it is.” – Rob Parnell
If you are writing about a fantasy or science fiction setting, you’ll want to read the basic world-building articles in the next section, as well as the articles on setting.
2.) 5 Tips for Writing Better Settings – by Jody Hedlund
3.) How Writers Can Craft an Effective Setting – by Jane Friedman
4.) 7 Tips for Writing About Places You’ve Never Been – by Suzannah Windsor Freeman
5.) The Difference Between Setting and World Building – by Janice Hardy
1A.) Choose your setting and make notes about the place’s geography, landscape, physical features, architecture, furniture, whatever you need for however specific you’re looking to get (A livingroom versus a mountain range, for example).
1B.) Include the five senses in your notes as well as a “sixth” that gives details such as whether the place is beautiful or ugly, freeing or oppressive etc.
1C.) In your notes, describe the people who occupy this place. Are they smart, dumb, happy, sad, motivated, depressed… And what actions, habits, or things first come to mind?
2.) Write a paragraph describing all of this for the reader starting with a wide frame, showing us the largest view of the place that makes sense and zooming in to the specific place where the story is set using no more than four sentences. Then transition to the people, writing a scene using their actions or habits to drive home the sense you have of the place, no more than a page or two in length.