1. Lay down the locale. Bad neighborhood? What are the buildings like?
  2. Time is important. What’s the time of year? Time of day?
  3. How’s the lighting and temperature?
  4. Decide on the geography.
  5. Were there ever any historic events there?
  6. Decide what the people are like there.


  1. How can the setting affect the story or characters?
  2. How long should you focus on describing the setting?
  3. When should you describe the setting?



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