The StoryTellers journey – chapter 4 setting (part 2: Things to keep in mind)

Once I finished writing, more words appeared upon the page.

‘Would you like to hear some advice from other storytellers?’

‘Yes please!‘ I wrote in response.

The page filled in response, and more words appeared.

‘When writing/planning the setting, here are some suggestions and reminders by previous storytellers:

  1. note down all (or at least as much as you can think of) of these senses, even if you do only end up using a few (it is recommended to us at least 2or 3 to help set the scene) this way if it comes to having to describe the scene again, you can use another sense to develop setting and not come across as repetitive.

  2. Keep the type of character and point of view you are writing in in mind. For example, if you are writing in the first person you should write only what the character can see as it is in their point of view, and if that character is attentive and alert at all times, they will notice more than what others will. On the other hand if you were to write in the third person, you can describe the whole setting, with multiple, if not all senses, but if you character is not really focused on something as they are not paying attention to their surroundings, you can mention in the third person what it is that they are missing and that they are doing so.

  3. The genre of the tale may affect the order or specifics of your description. For example, if your book genre is sci-fi, the first thing your character might notice, and you go into depth in terms of description might be the technology of the scene, or if the genre if one of fantasy, there will be more focus upon those imaginative, magic elements instead.

  4. In terms of realism pay attention to the psychology of humans. Research upon memory input and such can aid a story. For example if you have an element of mystery in your genre, maybe a crime occurring and you are writing from victims or witnesses poi9nt of view, it is important to note that as humans, when we take in scene, we work more from what we think a room should look like according to what we experienced. So if the room was an office, we are less likely to notice out of place items and more likely to notice the usual such as a desk, pens, documents. It has been said the best work of fiction is often one that holds realism, so try and keep this in mind when creating and writing scenes.’

Hum… that is interesting, I thought as the page turned and more words appeared.

‘Do you wish to see more?’

‘No thank you’ I wrote back‘ I would like to jot down some notes though’

‘As you wish dear storyteller’ it replied and filled to a page where I had jotted some notes down in between other chapters.


Return next week for the next chapter  (^_^)

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