Choosing the right words is an important technique for any author to learn because it is the building block to creating well crafted settings. Each setting has its own mood and making them descriptive is key to each one individually joining together to convey the emotion of your story. Maybe you've created unforgettable characters and even have added interesting and meaningful dialogue, but without detailed descriptive settings your characters will just be floating around inside an empty vacuum.
Let’s explore by taking the above setting and take out the descriptive details:
[The rainy night awakens her and when she opens her eyes a bolt of lightning lights up the dark room and a pair of eyes sinking its fangs into her neck.]
Sure we know it’s a rainy night and she gets bitten by a vampire, but how boring! What’s the one thing lacking? That’s right, mood. We can’t tell it’s a stormy night filled with lightning, we don’t know she was having a sensual dream or when she’s bitten by the dark creature of the night it too is sensual.
So the next time you find yourself struggling with a scene not conveying the mood you want try looking for ways in which you can add more detail to the description of the setting. Just remember it is important to carefully choose words which will color the setting to match the mood.
Next week, we’re going to explore how the mood of each setting also plays a role in conveying the theme of your story.
Keep on thriving, keep on striving and keep on writing!
The Unknown Author