Three Essential Resources To Create Vivid Scene Settings

Three Essential Resources To Create Vivid Scene Settings

Scene Settings are critical pieces of the puzzle that will eventually make up your entire novel. It might be new novel settings that you require or maybe ramping up current scene locations that are not fitting snugly into the rest of your plot.

Most of the time writers and authors use scene settings that they know and thus naturally come with a sense of comfort. But what about exciting your readers with new places for them to experience through your characters? After all, the reason readers read is to travel to new places, meet new people and experience new emotions ~ all through your stories.

As writers we are taught that everything in our scenes must be seen through the eyes of our PoV characters. This is vitally important when looking at your novel's scene settings. Your hero may love a certain place, but someone else, possibly your villain, will hate it. The same will happen when you browse through the list of settings ideas in this book. Most importantly, 101 Writer’s Scene Settings is aimed at generating deeper opinions from you if that particular setting may work for your story, or if that scene setting inspires something else in you.

Create Memorable Settings

There are some essential books a writer needs to have beside them as they tip tap out their novel. These three will join the list I have created in Pimp My Fiction, the free book on writing resources.

The Rural Setting Thesaurus

If you haven't read writing resource books by Angela Ackerman and ‎ Becca Puglisi, you are missing out big time. Seriously! My all time favourite writing resource guide, which I simply cannot be without, is their book on creating emotions for your fictional people to Give Your Characters Emotional Impact.

Don't just read about it on Amazon, buy it. You will be spending the best money on your writing career. Okay, okay, it looks like I am getting commission from them now. Of course I am not, I just can't tell you what a great resource it is. But wait ... they now have two more fab books to add to their collection.

Within the pages of your novel exists a world drawn from your deepest imaginings. You have to pull readers into the story, but their fascination will only last if you can describe this vibrant realm and its inhabitants well. The setting achieves this by offering readers a unique sensory experience. So much more than stage dressing, the setting can build mood, convey meaning through symbolism, drive the plot by creating challenges that force the hero to fight for what he wants, and trigger their emotions to reveal their most intimate feelings, fears, and desires.

Inside The Rural Setting Thesaurus, you’ll find:

•A list of the sights, smells, tastes, textures, and sounds for over 100 settings revolving around school, home, and nature
•Possible sources of conflict for each location to help you brainstorm ways to naturally complicate matters for your characters
•Advice on the many effective ways to build mood, helping you steer both the character’s and readers’ emotions in every scene
•Information on how the setting directly influences the plot by acting as a tuning fork for what a character needs most and by testing his dedication to his goals
•A tutorial on figurative language and how different descriptive techniques can bring settings alive for readers while conveying a symbolic message or deeper meaning
•A review of the challenges that arise when writing description, as well as special considerations that apply specifically to rural and personal settings

Making readers care and feel like they’re part of the story should be your number one goal. Ironically, many storytellers fail to maximize one of fiction’s most powerful elements to achieve this: the setting. Rather than being a simple backdrop against which events unfold, every location has the potential to become a conduit for conveying emotion, characterizing the cast, providing opportunities for deep point of view, and revealing significant backstory.

Grab The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Personal and Natural Places

The Urban Setting Thesaurus

Inside The Urban Thesaurus, you’ll find:

•A list of the sights, smells, tastes, textures, and sounds for over 120 urban settings
•Possible sources of conflict for each location to help you brainstorm ways to naturally complicate matters for your characters
•Advice on how to make every piece of description count so you can maintain the right pace and keep readers engaged
•Tips on utilizing the five senses to encourage readers to more fully experience each moment by triggering their own emotional memories
•Information on how to use the setting to characterize a story’s cast through personalization and emotional values while using emotional triggers to steer their decisions
•A review of specific challenges that arise when writing urban locations, along with common descriptive pitfalls that should be avoided

The Urban Setting Thesaurus helps you tailor each setting to your characters while creating a realistic, textured world readers will long to return to, even after the book closes.
Grab The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to City Spaces

How To Use The Setting Guides

The Rural Setting Thesaurus and The Urban Setting Thesaurus should be beside your PC and or on your PC if you download a Kindle version. The best way I find to use them:

  1. Write your scene. Squeeze out all the words you need. To avoid pausing and denting your speed to get the words onto the page, add notes to yourself such as ADD SCENE SENSES HERE. Or SPRINKLE SENSES THROUGH THIS SCENE.
  2. Go away from the scene to other scenes or something else.
  3. Come back to the scene when you are doing another draft and now start looking for the places where you can add sounds, sights, tastes and other senses for your scene.
  4. Grab your copy of either the rural or urban setting thesaurus and find the location you are working with in your scene or something similar.
  5. Now the fun starts ... Where Angela and Becky have given you a long list of items you can use under each setting, decide how your character would see this setting and how they would feel about it.
  6. I use Scrivener writing software to write my novels. When I finish the first draft of the chapter I set the status to 'SCENES CHECKLIST' which reminds me to come back and add sensory writing using all the character's senses. This is the time to browse through the lists and find sights, sounds, tastes and smells of how your character would describe the setting.

On that note, I also add a note to myself with EMOTIONS and then when I do the SCENE CHECKLIST, I consult Becky and Angela's excellent Emotional Thesaurus. Having said that, The Urban Settings Thesaurus and The Rural Settings Thesaurus are fast becoming essential in my writing-on-the-go toolkit. I simply cannot do with the Emotions Thesaurus and although I have only had the two settings thesaurus for a short while I am convinced they will always be by my side when writing my novels. As a writer, your investment is fast paid for with Angela and Becca. They create such great resources for writers, go check them out!

More Writing Checklists From This Writing Resource Duo

The third book on creating vivid scene settings is my own book for writers on creating scene settings.

101 Writers’ Scene Settings

Make your novel's scene settings come alive to your readers with mood, senses, atmosphere and vivid descriptions shown through the point of view of your characters. This book will guide you through choosing settings with mood, atmosphere and sensory details that will influence your characters.

In films like Bourne or Bond you see baddies chasing the hero through crowded towns with tight corners and narrow streets or racing across roof tops. In other classic films you may see the most unusual places on earth and wonder how the studios found those places to feature in their films. Clearly they have endless budgets with numerous bodies to scout for locations. But what if there was a resource where writers could dip in and out to find these special types of locations for setting their scenes?

There is!

Inside 101 Writers’ Scene Settings bestselling author of Pimp My Fiction, I will guide you through:

• Creating the right novel setting in order to write a vivid scene

• Finding unique locations for different scenarios in your plot

• Creating vivid descriptions for your scene setting and weaving them together seamlessly through the character’s actions and reactions

• Develop all the elements within a location to ensure you write realistic, intriguing descriptions shown from the character’s point of view

• Using sensory details that bring your setting to life

• Layers of details that make a reader feel like they are right there with your character

• And you will get a free download copy of the Settings Checklist!

Filled with ideas for categories such as crowded towns, tight and narrow streets, adventure locations, places up high and down below, mountains and valleys, seascapes, abandoned places, modern techno, scary and spooky, and unusual work places, homes and fight scenes, 101 Writers’ Scene Settings helps you to dive into researching and planning your settings so you can write a compelling scene and create a vivid setting that readers won’t forget.

As part of the Writers' Resource Series here, this book also includes scene setting advice from these successful authors: Linda Abbott, Steve Alcorn, James Becker, Glenn Cooper, Jeff Gerke, Angela Marsons, CS Lakin, Marti Leimbach, Rayne Hall, Alex Myers, Jodie Renner, Douglas E. Richards, Joyce Schneider.

Grab 101 Writers’ Scene Settings on Amazon.

Author Bio

Paula Wynne is the founder of Book Hub. She started Book Hub out of a need to market and promote her own fiction. As well as running Book Hub, Paula is an author with several published books.

Paula's Writers' Resource Series features the following books: Pimp My Fiction: How to Write a Novel with The Ultimate List of Creative Writing Books to Create A Plot & Build Character; A~Z Writers’ Character Quirks: A~ Z of Behaviours, Foibles, Habits, Mannerisms & Quirks for Writers’ to Create Fictional and 101 Writers’ Scene Settings: Unique Location Ideas & Sensory Details for Writers’ to Create Vivid Scene.

Find out more about the Writers' Resource Series here. If you would like to find out how to write a bestselling novel, download a free copy of Paula's Pimp My Fiction.

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