Write-It #2: Setting, Getting Around

One important thing you will have to do in your story is move your characters around in space. This means, you need a clear idea of how this is accomplished.

Does your setting present certain challenges to moving around?

Are there natural barriers? Mountains or caverns?

What kind of light is there? Is it easy to see? Dark? Foggy?

Are there vehicles? If so, how are these operated?

How big is your setting? Is it crowded? Sparse?

At what speed do your characters move? Is this a speedy story? A still one?

Are there variations or differences in how some characters might move as opposed to others?

The way you get around does a lot to set the mood. A mystery might involve a lot of sneaking. An action story might have characters zooming around. A battle might be described in an arena or enclosed space.

Be sure to think in all directions. There might be sideways travel from place to place, but also vertical. Does anyone fly? Are there hazards above or below? Do you have to climb?

And then, once you know more about how one gets around in your world, use this knowledge to find great ways to describe it. The words you choose will go a long way toward setting mood as well, giving your story a unique feel and sound.

From Think-It, Write-It, Draw-It, a collection of thoughts on creating visual stories by Betsy Streeter and Bridgett Spicer. Totally steal all this stuff.

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