Where Setting Comes Into Play

Despite the fact that readers may not pay attention to the setting of a story, it is one of the most important aspects when writing. The setting is always in the back of the writer’s mind. Mainly for the fact that the setting of a scene can tell you just about everything going on.

For finding the mood of a scene sometimes all you have to do is look up at the sky. Is it cloudy and about to rain? Get ready to cry. Lightning? A fight is about to go down. Fog? Confusion is on it’s way, and once it’s gone things for your character will clear up as well.

The weather and location can also explain a bit about the focus character in that scene, I can elaborate the difference between the main character and focus character later. Where weather can tell of the mood of a character, their personality can be shown by what their room looks like.

In other aspects of a story, it is possible to start a story using a description of the setting where the story takes place. Ever heard the beginning of a story starting out like this:

It was a dark and stormy night, as I read {insert title here} next to the roaring fire.

It is probably one of the most well known, and a very common beginning of a story. But there are some things that you can do to make it much more elaborate and provoking to the reader. For the main thing, you can show the story through the character’s eyes, as their interpretation is a big plot device. Something that they miss can be used as a plot twist later. You can also use the character to show the reader the story of the setting itself and its purpose within the story.

So when you are working on the setting there are some things that you should consider:

  • What role does the setting play in your story, if there is a setting at all?
  • Is the setting you introduce in the beginning important? How about the ending setting? Does it change?
  • Will they come to the location again?

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