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Setting in creative writing

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Danielle Wrayton

on 31 March 2014

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Creative writing whether it is a novel, short story or poem requires that you craft a believable story in the mind of the reader. Including vivid details helps do this. Read any classic novel, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” and you’ll see that it includes description.

What is descriptive writing
Why set the scene?
Using descriptive writing
for setting the scene
Why is it important to try and describe the scene when we are writing?

Because we want to give our readers a feel of what it is like in our protagonists world. We need to take them on a journey and the only way to do that is by describing what we are
imagining and making it sound real.

In this movie clip it shows different aspects of writing description in setting...
Writing Workshop
Description in creative writing
That's All!
Describe the room you
are currently in...
Exercise Time!
When you present your character to
your reader, it is important to give
them a backdrop. They need something
to anchor them firmly and believably
in their moment and their milieu.

Remember the reader is curious
Keep the reader hooked
Every place has its own atmosphere
Visit places of interest and soak it up
Remember you are creating a virtual reality for the reader
You need to use them to write prose, such as a short story or a novel. Use vivid descriptions for the following:

To describe the abstract in concrete terms (poetry or fiction)
To describe the unfamiliar (poetry or fiction)
To make setting, character, inciting incident, conflict & obstacles come alive.
To write a scene in a narrative poem, novel or short story.
To write a scene in a film script. A scene includes time and place details (setting), action, dialogue (not always), and vivid description.

When Should You Use Vivid Descriptions?
What to Avoid

Trite details (boring; not fresh or original)
Clichés (Language that has been overused in speech and writing)
Vague details. You must be precise and specific.
Abstractions, which appeal to the intellect, not the senses. Use concrete and specific details instead. Example: don’t say, "he was kind." Say, "he smiled, opened the oak door, allowed me to enter the church first."

One of the most important attributes of a good piece of creative writing is that it includes vivid description, such as sensory details, concrete and specific descriptions, figurative language, like simile and metaphor.

LO1: Be able to use adjectives to describe everyday objects.

LO2: Be able to translate visual imagery into words.

LO3: Be able to write a descriptive piece of writing.
n you add detail to your creative writing, y
ou are sh
owing the reader, not telling them wha
t is happen
ing, what the narrator is seeing, fee
tasting…and so forth.

"Don't tell
me the moon is shining; show me th
e glint of light on
broken glass." (Anton Chekhov)
Almost 50% of our brains are used in visual processing, 70% of our sensory receptors are in our eyes, and it takes us less than 1/10 of a second to get a sense of a visual scene (Merieb, E. N. & Hoehn, K. Human Anatomy & Physiology).
“The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Exercise: write a short piece of descriptive writing no longer than 100 words on a moment in the life of...
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