The setting of your story is one of three very key components. The setting itself, if written correctly, is practically a character on its own. It lives and breaths, and contains just the right amount of soul. The happenings that occur in and around the settings will prove to sway and influence different characters and events.
Know Your Setting Well.
Setting is the backdrop or place where your characters and stories unfold. Many different aspects can make up the setting. This is the when and where that your characters will be developing in. By changing and utilizing your settings, you have more insight and control over your character building; hence why ALL of this ties together so well in the end.
While brainstorming on setting details you should not be surprised to find that it can be built in nearly the same manner as the actual characters. You have to take the time to learn and know the setting you want to use. Think of how well you know your hometown, or where you grew up. You can envision all the particulars, right down to the last detail, in your mind. You can see and notice the things that so typical as well as the things that distinguish it from any other ole place. That’s how well you want to know the setting that is to be portrayed in your writing. Once you’ve imagined the environment and circumstances inside it, the words will begin to run down the paper faster than spilled ink. You will be able to create a steady flow.
Bring the Setting to Life
Descriptive writing is a key skill to make use of while exposing your settings. You should always put a major effort in breathing life into your setting. Give your reader the ability to see the smallest and greatest details of the backdrop. Your reader should be able to close his/her eyes after reading a passage and hear the horns blaring, or feel the warm breeze tickling their noses, or see the flashy lights of the busy downtown district. Using specific descriptions is the best way to achieve this.
The Proper Order
Set your setting in the proper order. In other words, always create the imagery of the setting from the most general aspects and gradually make your way into the more specific descriptions. Remember to utilize your ‘concrete’ and ‘abstract’ principles. Equalling the balance between the things you can feel and touch and the things that have more to do with atmosphere will result in a better setting.
Throw in setting reminders often. While in the beginning you want to describe your setting in full detail, down to a tee, you also want to throw in little tidbits about things that are happening to the setting. As you go along with character and plot development, you also want your setting to develop. In the second description of a setting already explained, you should add a few new details or reiterate on a couple from the initial description. This will add new spice to the story or help to remind the reader of the particulars of each situation.
Practice is the only way to perfect your setting writing abilities (that is if you believe perfection can ever actually be achieved). This is only a grazing, a skimming off the pasteurized top of setting writing. Dig deeper and deeper into the realms of your settings to create one that overwhelms your entire story. Add that to a tablespoon or so of good character portrayal, and you are on your way to a deliciously unforgettable three course meal!