The Worlds of R. A. Hortz
101 Writers' Scene Settings
|101 Writers' Scene Settings
Unique Location Ideas & Sensory Details for Writers to Create Vivid Scene Settings
Writer's Resource Series
By Paula Wynne
Prado Press, London: 2016
Reviewed by Karl Dixon - March 15, 2016
Learning how to write vivid scenes is an essential skill that should be in every fiction writer's toolbox, and part of writing vivid scenes is crafting riveting settings in which to place your scene. After all, creating a setting for your story is more than just saying that things are taking place in a city such as London. You want a setting that invokes a mood, and that gives readers a sampling of the tastes, sounds, smells, and other sensory elements of a given setting. You want to make the setting special - unique to your story, your character, and your plot. You may want to take the reader on a journey into the unknown or guide them into a setting that is as familiar to them as their own backyard. Whatever type of setting you need for a given scene, you want to make that setting so tangible that it almost becomes another character, or so subtle that it just provides the rudimentary of backgrounds. How is a writer to accomplish this task?
In Paula Wynne's new book, 101 Writers' Scene Settings:
Unique Location Ideas & Sensory Details for Writers to Create Vivid Scene Settings, she offers a tutorial on crafting effective settings. In addition, she also provides a detailed list of settings that you can use in your novel, or which you can use as a springboard from which to develop you own settings by creating something from scratch or by combining elements of the settings mentioned in this book. Each listing in this book provides details on such topics as the settings mood, sensory details, history, geography, physical description of a given place, as well as tips and advice on the type of scene or genre that a specific setting would most be applicable to. This is just a brief overview of some of the information that is provide. Throughout this book, Wynne goes into much deeper detail, and offers guidance on how to adapt each setting to meet your own needs.
The listings in this book are grouped into thematic sections such as Adventurous (treacherous locations), Abandoned (such as towns and buildings), Modern Techno (futuristic settings), Tight and Narrow (for example difficult places to escape from), and many more ranging from scary and unusual to country settings and Seascapes. Throughout, this book will fuel your imagination and help you to create more in-depth and realistic settings, both of places you've visited and those that you just imagined! The book ends with additional advice from other writers, such as Steve Alcorn and Rayne Hall, on how to incorporate settings into your writing - and what to avoid when crafting your settings.
To learn more about this book, and to download a sample chapter, visit: http://paulawynne.com/writers-resources/101-scene-settings.
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