Posted on January 11, 2021 at 10:52 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Regular readers of our C.S. Lakin posts know the value of bringing a scene’s setting to life.
Her latest advice on that matter includes two methods for ensuring that you can achieve that, without overdoing the detail.
The more open-ended version is to remember that readers can only perceive what the point-of-view character does.
So think about what aspects of a physical place might catch the character’s attention, depending on what’s actually happening.
And the more structured suggestion is to consider another writing instructor’s list of ten questions to answer for each scene.
No, you won’t rattle off the answer to each question to begin the scene, but you’ll have a clear picture for yourself — and plenty of options to choose from, in order to illustrate the setting for your readers.
Read more on these stage-setting tricks at Live Write Thrive.
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