Welcome! This month's ramble is all about setting. What is setting? Why is it important? How do we do it right? Setting can be as small as say, a phone booth, or as large as a galaxy; or larger. It can include every detail from the tiniest dust speck to the largest asteroid. In short, the setting of a story is anywhere and everywhere the story takes place. But it's not just about physical location, or the objects that make up that location. It can also include cultures, senses (sight, smell, sound, etc.), and environmental effects such as weather. In short, setting is everything surrounding the characters you've created.
This month, our members will breakdown what setting means to them and how they use it to effectively tell the stories they invent. Click on any of the links below to read more:
It was a Dark and Stormy Night...
Setting, or milieu, is one of the four basic factors that make up
every story. When creating a scene, the setting is everything that
surrounds the characters; and I mean everything. I've come up with a list of
various aspects of the setting that need to be taken into account in
order to create a believable setting...
Making Setting Work for You
Ah, setting. Just one more thing that you have to add in to your story
before it's finished. Or is it something more? Read my blog post to find
out how to actually make setting work for you rather than just be a check mark off your writing list.