How to Build Your Books Setting


Your books setting is as important as the plot. Your books setting is what brings your book to life; it's there for readers to envisage and build up around them. 

To build your books setting you really need to focus on every little detail you want involved in each setting of your book. You need to delve deep into your imagination and build a setting that is realistic; a setting that comes to life. Here's a few tips to help you get started! 


Know your main location

First of all, you need to know your main location. You need to give an overall view and image of your location; summing it up in a few brief sentences. At this point, no specifics are necessarily needed. All you need is a brief overview of the beginnings of your main location and setting. Think about what image you want your readers to get from your main location.



Once you have your main location, you can begin to think about what’s surrounding and beyond this. This surrounding area will be things your characters may see out of their window or where they may visit on a daily basis. The surroundings of the main location will have a huge impact on the story and the feel to it.


Principal locations

Going into even more detail; find the principal locations within your main location. These can be locations such as a main characters house, their workplace, a bar they visit daily, or anything else. These key locations must fit the character. Try to make them as interesting and as original as you can; pointing out singular details that make the location stand out from the rest.


Your books setting will bring your book to life



Does your main character work full time? If so, you need to factor in the location of their workplace. You must know the workplace well, as it is a completely new setting whenever they’re there; which may be quite a lot. You need to know details of how they perform their jobs and any quirky characteristics of the workplace.



Nature can play quite an important role in your book. This can depend on the main location of your book; however, the weather can also play a big role in creating pathetic fallacy. You need your book to be authentic, so if you’re planning on writing about the nature in your main setting; do some research first or plan it. Everything to do with nature will help create an atmospheric setting.



Your setting needs to have soul. Much like your characters, your setting needs to be 3D not 2D. It can be effective to try and humanise objects such as main characters cars or houses, as it can make the characters feel even more real. Adding a soul to your settings and all the small details in your book simply turns it into a unique, alive book.


Knowing how to build your books setting first is vital. You cannot go into building the setting without understanding the dynamics of what a setting is and what's necessary for building one. You need to know every little detail. 


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