Tuesday, May 15, 2012

How to Create Details of Setting in a Novel

By Lanee’ Blunt
Details are important in setting--
Image by Kaeska.

Building setting in your novel must be done carefully. Details in a novel are either used to the extreme or some writer’s don’t give enough details. The details of setting should be weaved into the fiction without notice. When setting is done correctly it pulls your reader into your fiction world and helps them imagine your novel vividly.

The setting has to be incorporated into the fiction and not just stuck in. If you are writing about a character’s feelings don’t describe what the room looks like. For example, Maria was hurt by John. She noticed that her kitchen was a mess. There were pots and pans on the stove and the dishes were piled high almost to the ceiling.

That information may describe the room but what does it have to do with Maria’s feelings toward John? The messy kitchen has nothing to do with Maria’s hurt feelings. It is just there and it doesn’t emphasize her feelings.

Maria felt like the empty dirty glass in the sink. What was she just something to be tossed aside when John was finished using her? She slammed the glass into the sink on top of the dirty dishes and broke it.

When you write your setting this way you never leave the focus of the character and you still got in the details of the messy kitchen. Professional writer’s use these details so skillfully that the reader is immediately drawn into the fiction and never notices them.

Leonard Bishop; Dare to Be a Great Writer; Writer’s Digest Books 
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