With creative writing, describing the world of your story is essential to a good narrative. Here are some tips for setting your scene when you're creating a written story:

  • Map out the main location in detail, drawing a plan of the area with all the main landmarks.

  • Describe the place where your character lives, including each room and object and where your character’s possessions came from, and a memory evoked by each.

  • Describe your character’s most treasured possessions.

  • Write a descriptive passage using all the senses – include colour, sound, touch, smell and taste.

  • Describe your character’s main activities – from everyday actions such as bathing or showering, washing or drying hair, to what the person does at work and play. Remember to use strong verbs to describe actions.

  • Describe the weather and the seasons in your story, using them to mark the passage of time.

  • Use the anticipation of a coming storm or calm, or of spring or summer, to create suspense in a scene.

  • Write a scene in which what the character sees and describes foreshadows what happens next.

  • Describe a dream that foretells the future or reveals a character’s hidden desires or fears.