Setting Tastes: #Preptober, Day 19

We've covered all the "S" senses (sight, sound, smell), so now it's on to the Ts. Today's sense to ponder is taste. Thinking about your setting, there might be quite a lot to taste, or very little, depending on where your character is and what they're doing there. If your character is in a café or restaurant, taste is paramount! What do they want to eat, and what makes them crave those Continue Reading...

Setting Smells: #Preptober, Day 18

Having covered sight and hearing, let's now turn our attention to something that's as plain as the nose on our face. Let's talk about our sense of smell. The sense of smell can be a bit tricky when thinking about your setting. Many of us tend to ignore smells unless they are particularly bad. For instance, the smell of rotting garbage may alert your character to the fact that today is Trash Continue Reading...

Setting Sounds: #Preptober, Day 17

Yesterday we talked about settings in terms of our sense of sight. Today, let's turn our attention to a slightly under-used sense: HEARING. What kinds of sounds are present in your setting? This could be music, speech, ambient sound, or even deliberately irritating noise. Let's start with music. Writers often like to work music into their novels, whether to set the mood or to use lyrics as Continue Reading...

Setting Sights: #Preptober, Day 16

This week, we're shifting from talking about character development into creating your setting. When choosing your settings, the goal is to put your characters into interesting situations, of course. But another good exercise to try is thinking about the five senses that will be stimulated in these environments. So, today, let's start with our most frequently used sense: SIGHT. Thinking Continue Reading...

Character Hangouts: #Preptober, Day 15

As we finish up with our character development prompts, today's focus is on your character's favorite hangouts. That's right: it's time to start thinking about your setting! Hangouts are a good place to start, when trying to situate your characters in their world. These could be real-life locations, or entirely fictional places, depending on your story. I like to create fictional Continue Reading...