Scene settings

when I’m in a pinch for seeing settings. I hop on the Internet. I believe this is where I retrieved these three points.

  1. Now take some time to think about your story’s particular setting. If this is a place you have been, you might look at old photographs, maps, or diary entries. If you have not been there, check out some books or look online.
  2. Start with sight, which is for many of us the most immediate sense. Write down every image that comes to mind, whether it pertains to your story or not. Free associate. It doesn’t have to make sense or be grammatical. Just get down as much as you can.
  3. Repeat the above for taste, smell, sound, and touch. Again, don’t be afraid of unconventional answers. You never know what might end up in your final story.

my teacher made these comments and in a class I took a year ago and I save them as a reminder for it using a template.

There is in fact a template for any scene. Naturally you want to avoid sameness and not have every chapter end and begin the same, but there IS a basic template to setting up a scene; just be sure to vary the approach now and then, like starting the occasional chapter with a line of dialogue, for instance. Essentially, though, within the first three paragraphs you should establish setting (where are they; this in 1-3 sentences of description), establish viewpoint (that is, filter the scene through the perceptions of one particular character in the scene; this can be done either by description of surroundings or exposition that reveals the viewpoint character’s state of mind), and then comes the meat of the scene—dialogue and/or action—with as few frills as possible EXCEPT for reference to at least three of the five senses during the course of any given scene, to imbue it with texture and immediacy. 

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