I hope everyone is having a fantastic day! Our next segment is about setting today. We’ll go over what it is, and why it’s important. So, you know, a very typical post for me. However, we will not be looking at the tips today. Our post on Thursday is going to cover the tips and in a lot more detail. I didn’t want to overwhelm you guys today.
As always, we’re going to start off with our definition of what setting is:
Setting: the place and time at which a play, novel, or film is represented as happening.
This definition isn’t too complicated to get your head around, which is awesome. Basically, the setting is when and where your story is going to happen. You absolutely need this is your story. Even poets use setting in their poems (William Wordsworth, Margaret Atwood, Robert Frost and even Rupi Kaur and r.h.Sin use setting in their poems to a degree).
Why is setting important?
It gives your readers a place to imagine your characters in. A lot of the time the setting is pretty simple and in a place that you and your readers will recognize right off the bat. It could be a place like New York City.
The setting gives your story texture. It’s where you can elicit feelings for your characters from your readers. It puts them into the story; especially, if you’re writing a science fiction or fantasy story.
Setting also can help you develop themes, mood and inserts meaning into certain scenes. It can even help you mark the passage of time, which will greatly help with the pace of your story.
What do you need to think of when it comes to incorporating setting into your story?
- Time of year
- Time of day
- Elapsed time
- Mood and Atmosphere
- Geography – man-made and natural
- Eras of historical importance
- Social/political/cultural environment
- Ancestral influences
(we’ll get into this a bit more on Thursday.)
That’s it and all for today! Tune in on Thursday for your tips on writing setting and world building.