Exploring Setting

  • From Writer's Digest are some good tips about writing your settings for your stories. These tips from author David Morrell should help you write more realistic settings for your readers.

    In line with that article, let's do an exercise regarding settings. Let's look at what he says here:

    So what’s the key to crafting distinct, rich, truly alive settings in your work?

    “What we need to do is forget about sight, and concentrate on feeling,” Morrell said.

    Hemingway would describe a scene so you would feel it as if you were really there.

    Morrell cited novelist John Barth’s method of “triangulation”—you take the sense of sight for granted, and add two other senses from among the remaining four.

    When sight alone is used, Morrell said that’s what causes a piece of writing to seem “flat” or “one dimensional.”


    So for this exercise, let's look at this image:

    Using the tips from above, and from that article I linked, write a setting based on the image. Be sure to use three senses to describe the setting. Bring the reader there, make them feel it. Give them a reason to want to explore further and see what's next in the story. If you find that you get involved in writing a full story for this, feel free to Post it.

    Write your Setting blog here and for the title please put something that lets readers know it's for this exercise. You can even link this exercise in the article. If you would, please use the hashtag #exploringsetting at the end of your article so it's easier for people to find also.