The StoryTellers Journey – Chapter 4 (Part 1: Setting the Scene)

Once finished plotting some ideas for the main character, I turned back to the content page.

‘What do you wish to look upon next?’ the book wrote.

Humm…. I thought as I tapped the pen against my lip, how about setting…

Clicking upon the words, the pages shuffled before settling upon the wanted chapter.

‘When talking about settings, whether in terms of worlds, places or rooms, there are five things that you should always note before writing. These are your sense. Depending on what you are talking about, the amount may vary. For example, if you are describing whole worlds that you have built, in comparison to a small room, there will be many more points to each sense.

For each sense, here are some things storytellers feel should be noted:

See:

  • think of color, shape, size and dimensions

  • Comparisons are always helpful in situation to help readers visualize what is being talked about if it is something you have directly pulled out of your imaginations → think of it like trying to explain things to a blind person

  • For example, when trying to explain color you may not necessarily wish to talk about what it looks like, but go down the path of what it feels like. Such as the color red, like the feeling of anger. Or the color yellow, like the heat on a sunny day.

Hear:

  • every sound, small or little can aid your story

  • sounds can be experienced in many ways → they can be experienced through the beat, as well as actual notes → they can also have an effect on memories, evoking memories and feeling that come along with them

Taste:

  • this is often one many pass over but it can be important

  • For example, there some smells are actually tasted → similarly, a smell of a place can evoke a taste upon your tongue, or at least a faint memory of it.

  • An example of description of taste can be: ‘the blood singed the air, leaving me with a copper taste on my tongue with each breath I take, a constant reminder of the use of this room’ or ‘the smell of lemon brought a sour taste to my tongue, as did her masking tight smile that hides the truth of her personality along with the white fenced innocent looking house she stood before; something her eyes failed to do’

Smell:

  • when thinking of smell you also want to think of how it can affect the situation

    Smells can evoke memories and feelings withing a character, and therefore are important in setting the scene

  • The smell of a setting is also important because it can aid in describing how the setting affects the readers → for example, if the setting smells like a bakery, which your character loves, then this can make them feel safe in the setting.

  • This can also indicate if a setting is good or bad

Touch:

  • think of things like roughness or smoothness of surface or skin

  • Can be in terms of people or the room

  • describing the textures that a character can feel can aid the reader’s imagination’


come back next week for more ^_^

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