Setting

Another thing I find difficult to incorporate into my writing is setting. I tend to focus on the dialogue and the movements and what's happening with the plot. But a reader needs to know the surroundings in a scene in order to picture it, right?

1. Use a picture.

Describe what you see in that image. A bench, trees, grass, sky. Expand on those objects to make your setting more dimensional, stronger, easier for the reader to relate to. A rickety bench, newly-mowed grass, a white sky. There is such a thing as over-describing, of course, but we can always go back and cut some details later on. For a rough draft, I tend to think that it's better to have too much information than too little. What do you think?

2. Use a memory.

We've all been places. (At least I hope we've all been places.) Even if it's just around your town, or your school. What were the smells? The sounds? Were there people around? What were they doing? I  love using this method because I find it simple to put down on the page.

3. Create something new.

It's never easy to do this. I'm struggling with it right now, in fact. But it is fun. There are no rules, no boundaries. Even though it's hardest to write what we don't know, if you just close your eyes and envision this setting in your head, everything will eventually click together.

What are your methods when you're creating a setting?