The Writer’s Block Podcast

Failing to Use Setting Effectively - #4 of the Ten Most Common Mistakes

November 19, 2019

A good setting isn't just where your story takes place.  It is an integral part of your story, sometimes to the point where it could actually become a character itself.  When you are in your characters POV, you're not just writing what they're saying and thinking... you are writing where they are, what is happening around them, and what stimuli is involved.  Written correctly, what they notice about their environment can tell so much about a character.  What a real estate agent notices about a house will not be the same thing as what a criminal breaking in will notice.  Barbara and Debby will share ways to make your scene stand out by using setting most effectively.

  • Setting is one of the main characters of the book
  • The setting is another way to reveal hints about different characters. A criminal is going to look at a room different than someone who stages homes for sale
  • Choose your scenes that will work your plot
  • Setting can be similar archetypes: Sad theme set on a rainy day
  • Setting can be opposing archetypes: Sad theme on a bright sunny day

May you be inspired, feel empowered, and B. Well.

All this and more on this week’s episode of The Writer’s Block Podcast recorded at the Studio 21 Podcast Café and hosted on the United Podcast Network.

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