How to Craft Immersive Setting Descriptions

Have you chosen strong scene settings?

Oftentimes, the settings in which our scenes take place are deeply intertwined with what is happening in the narrative, so selecting the best place to set many of our scenes may not be that difficult. However, some scenes in your story will likely be less location-dependent, giving you a range of options in which to set them.

In any case, the settings in which your scenes take place shouldn’t be chosen or described without proper thought and care. Every last setting in your novel has the potential to be so much more than a simple backdrop. Settings can easily:

  1. Set a mood.
  2. Give depth and context to a story-world.
  3. Amplify the conflict or tension in a scene.
  4. Reveal elements of characterization.
  5. Deepen the story’s themes.

Ensuring that each of your story’s settings fulfills one or more of these key purposes sets the foundation for immersive descriptions. After all, pretty words without purpose are pretty worthless, right? (Now try saying that five times fast!)

When choosing or strengthening your scene settings, consider both what is happening in the scene and which character will serve as the point-of-view. Then ask yourself how you can manipulate the setting to set the tone you want readers’ to experience, while also fulfilling the needs of the scene’s events and amplifying the emotions your POV character will undergo.  See More . . . 


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