For the past few weeks, I’ve been writing about how to best develop the setting in your story. There’s still a few more posts coming in the series, but today, let’s try to put some of the ideas we’ve been discussing into practice. We can talk about how to write all day long, but if you never practice, you’ll never improve. Harsh but true.
#1 – Details in Settings Exercise
First, choose a place, any place that comes to mind will work for this exercise.
Perhaps you think of your room, your yard, a school or a public place you visit. Or you might choose a much smaller place – what about the inside of a closet or even a public bathroom stall?
Take ten minutes and observe it very closely. Listen to it. Smell it. Study your space. Then, write for ten minutes and describe it using as many sensory details as you can. What details make that space unique and like no other place on the planet?
#2 – Add Mood to a Setting
You can do this writing exercise with the description you created in exercise #1 or if you’d like to create a different setting, choose one and write a detailed description of it. You could even choose a setting from a story you’re currently working on. Another purchase wellbutrin xl online idea would be to trade the descriptions you wrote in Exercise #1 with a friend.
Next, make a list of 10 adjectives that describe moods – depressed, anxious, excited etc.
Choose one of the moods from your list.
Re-write your initial description but focus on emphasizing details that will help create that mood. Remember to consider time in your description. You can do this several times with different words and then compare them to discover which details most effectively conveyed the mood you were going for.
#3 – Character and Setting
For this writing exercise, describe a place where a character feels insignificant. You can choose the same setting that perhaps made you feel insignificant such as a crowd, or all alone in a wide open space, a museum, a taxi cab, or maybe even a game or dance. Use sensory details to reflect your character’s feelings of not being seen or unimportant.
You can do this exercise with any feeling a character might have. If you don’t like the feeling of insignificance, maybe try inadequate, or depressed.
You can do all of these exercises or just choose one that looks like the most fun. When you’re done, you can share your piece here if you’d like. Then, in the comments below, share any insights you had as you played with setting.