Setting: 12 Questions to Develop Your Story’s Setting

 Setting: 12 Questions to Develop Your Story’s Setting

A great setting can offer much more to a story than just a place where characters move around and talk to each other. A great setting that’s used in the right way can add to the tone and mood you want to create in your story.

In this blog post, I’ve compiled 12 questions to help you develop your story’s setting.

 
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Story Setting

These questions are meant to give you a big-picture view of your story’s setting.

  • What planet, country, region, and town is my story set in?
  • What year is it?
  • In what season or time of year does my story take place?
  • What is the culture like in my story?
  • What is the political climate like in my story?

 

Scene Setting

These questions are meant to help you dig deeper into the setting of each scene in your story.

  • What type of mood am I trying to depict in this particular scene?
  • In what country, region, town, and/or part of the town does this scene take place?
  • What time of day is it?
  • What is the weather like?
  • If the scene is set indoors, in which room in which building does this scene take place?
  • What items of particular value are in the surroundings? Please do remember Chekhov’s Rifle: you shouldn’t place a loaded rifle on stage if it isn’t going to be used. So, if an item doesn’t have value to the story, don’t pay particularly much attention to it.
  • Does the setting of this scene help create the mood I want to depict in this particular scene? If not, how can I change the setting to fit my wants and needs?
 
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What other aspects of setting do you take into consideration when creating your stories? Please do share in the comments below.

 
 Setting: 12 Questions to Develop Your Story’s Setting
 Setting: 12 Questions to Develop Your Story’s Setting

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