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Sense of place
Your sense of place or setting are the things that make up your world. Think of it like the colour in the page … it helps your readers immerse themselves in your story.

Is it a scary story? Then perhaps a dark night and a cold wind will help add to the fear factor.

The most important question to ask yourself when establishing your sense of place, is how it affects your characters. How it affects the characters in your story will be one of the most interesting things to your reader.

For example, telling your readers it’s hot and dark establishes the sense of place for your readers.


When you see the scene through your characters eyes, it becomes far more interesting.

Does the heat make your character sweat? Do they smell? Are they worried about it? Or do they love the sun! Does the dark make them scared? It’s not just hot and dark anymore, your readers can now sympathise with your characters, and relate to how they are feeling!

Seeing the scene through your characters eyes adds depth to your story in a way that just telling your readers what its like cannot.

Keep your thesaurus ready! Describing things as ‘cold’ and ‘hot’ or your character as ‘happy’ or ‘sad’ get’s boring … find some new and more interesting ways of describing how they feel, what they think and how they might react!

Find a writing exercise to start your ideas flowing before you write your story.

Examining your story flow and voice will be important in determining your sense of place.

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