Writing Tips 11

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Today’s Tip: Setting

Your setting is your world. Without your world, there would be no you. Without you, there would be no story. So basically, you need a setting. No novel can go without one- I challenge all of you to write a story without a setting and send it to me!

Who: Setting

What: the atmosphere and surroundings your story takes place in

When: throughout your story

Where: changes with specific events that occur

Why: to give the reader a clear image of where your story is taking place

How: Describe your setting. Usually, this is done through the main character’s senses. What’s the weather? The location? Surrounding scenery? Objects that catch the main character’s attention? The atmosphere, the temperature? How does the main character feel? The setting helps add details to your story, so if you ever run out of things to write….

Activity: Take note of your surroundings and notice the details that catch your eye whenever you change to a new setting. Record your observations and imply your data onto your main character. That way, you know which details to mention and which details are irrelevant.

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