Examples of Query Letters

A query letter can get your manuscript from unsolicited to solicited status. Most magazine editors read only query letters and don’t read slush-pile articles.

Self Publishing an Ebook

Creating an ebook is easy and anyone can self publish an ebook in today’s market. Once you purchase an ebook compiler you can get to work writing your ebook.

Developing Characters for your Novel

A novel is made from many parts and if you look at it like that it is easier to create your characters. Start with a notebook and write down everything in the notebook about your characters.

How to Develop Believable Vivid Characters

Building believable characters for your short stories starts with a character sketch. Create great characters for your fiction.

How to Become a Self-Publisher

A writer can write an excellent book and become a self-publisher. It’s often hard for a new writer to break into the publishing market, so why not self-publish?

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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