Setting the Scene for Your Creative Story - dummies

Setting the Scene for Your Creative Story

By Maggie Hamand

Part of Creative Writing Exercises For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

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.