Settings are extremely important to set a scene and allow readers to ‘live’ in the story. If readers can’t see their surroundings, they either lose interest, get confused, or invent what is not there. My sister often pictures giant bunnies floating around a pink atmosphere when there is little to no description. No, she is not five. She just gets so irritated that she makes fun of the book and invents random anomalies. This is an extreme. Normally, people either put down the book or come up with their own descriptions that may later contradict another. Too much description of settings can do almost the same thing. In a book I once read, there was a whole two pages written solely about what this tiny craft shop looked like. I skipped it after the first couple paragraphs. I didn’t need to know exactly how and where the threads were flung about the room, or every single color on every single item. It got annoying and I ended up skipping any potential important information hidden within it. Not good. Here’s a few websites that show how to use settings to your advantage.

5 Tips for Writing Better Settings
This entry, from a blog awarded as one of the 100 best websites for writers in 2014, includes advice on how much description should be used for certain settings, along with info on how and what to use settings for. Tip number one expresses mood, which is depicted in the image shown at the top of that page. The dark and gloomy setting can set up the scene for a murder and keep the reader on edge.

Setting: Using Scene To Enrich Your Writing
Conveying events without boring a reader can be difficult, but fear not, this blog states ways to do so. Instead of describing how to explain a setting, this blog provides advice on what kind of settings to use. For example, using a contrast in background and event, like “a murder victim found in a children’s petting zoo” piques interest from the unexpected.

Four Ways to Bring Settings to Life
How to reveal settings is an essential tool. If your protagonist is super rich, they’re not going to notice how clean a commoner’s house is, they’re going to get sickened by the amount of dirt. This blog has four different ways on how to expose surroundings based on the character.

Special Fiction Writing Week: Creating a Setting
Between the setting being ‘Real’, ‘Made-up’, or ‘Made-up in a Real World’, there are a lot of differences. This post voices how to go about creating your world in these circumstances.

Writers Helping Writers: Setting This is actually an entire list of sites by itself. From creating atmosphere to creating ‘Unforgettable Settings’, part one through four, this category has nine separate entries. They include really good procedures and examples.

Author Aaron Hamburger presented questions to ask yourself when developing a setting, which were recorded and posted on this website. They contain queries that help better your own understanding of the place, even though the answers may never be used. Many times this helps in preventing contradictions.


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