My adjective use in my stories is terrible. I’m always either too descriptive, or not enough. However terrible it may be, my settings are always so careless.
That being said, I do have a few tips for you that might help you like they help me when your setting…slips up.
1. Time for some meditation. Now, I don’t actually meditate, because for me it’s completely bizaar, sitting in a quiet place clearing your mind-it doesn’t leave me refreshed, it leaves me feeling stressed because I actually wasted time doing something like that (as you can tell I lead a never-ending-circle of stress). But really, I’m not sure if this is how it works, but close your eyes and picture the place your writing about. Pretend your narating it for a documentary. Note some of the characters. Not only is it a great fun excersice that might help, but you might get so into it that you end up actually speaking, and thank God you had that talk-to-text thing going on your laptop, which leads me into the next tip.
2. Talk-to-Text. Having trouble writing it? Do the idea up above, but rather than just think it, say it, and let the computer copy it. Maybe the problem is your fingers are scared, but your brains not.
3. Leave the house.
Don’t get me wrong, leaving the house is terrifying. I hate it, and love it. I feel judged (trust me, it’s common where I live), and am constantly anxious that I’ll screw up. Not to mention I’m really struggling in the clothing department, but I’m rambling, so let’s stear back on track.
Leave the house, hit up any place of your choice. Coffee Shops, libraries, grocery stores, grave yards, the mall, labratories with suspicious red colored floor…
just go and observe-not just the people, but the scene around you. What does the buggie feel like? What does the chair feel like? What do you smell? Does the smell of burnt coffee beans float your boat? What about your character?
4. Walk away. Sometimes the scenes aren’t just behaving like they should. That’s when it’s time to walk away, and get a vacation from the observation station yourself.
5. Still struggling? Then force it out. This will most likely be your first struggle, that will eventually work itself out by first or second draft.
6. Write about what you know. If your struggling with scene, maybe you’ve picked something a bit too ostentacious. Even if you’re desperate to set it in the scene, consider scaling back. If they have to do it in movies in order to make it right, than you’ll have to too. Instead, set the scenery in something you know, not something you think you know.
7. Write from your heart. Your soul is everything-and if your scenery has the same heart and jazz that you do, it’ll work out just fine. I know it seems totally clique, but all the greats didn’t work from brain. We wouldn’t have Frankestein, or Renegades without heart. We wouldn’t have reviting non-fiction, auto-biography/biography books like Corrie Ten Boom without heart.
8. Adjectives are everything. Don’t throw them in half-hazardly, but don’t put them in specific spots. Like I said, it has to flow. Watch your adjectives, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you feel your writings slow
9. Read other books. Let me just tell you there are incredible authors out there who would write stories unimaginable, with description that pulls you in.
10. Practice. Stop the story and start your practice, before your return. Here’s an example before you go, of my terrible, but best attept at settings description:
Twili looked up at the enormous, Victorian looking building that stood galiently before her. Despite the colorful, bustling, slightly impatient crowd that moved passed her, the building almost seemed to stand still, along with time itself. Finally, she brought up the courage to enter the building, and to her surprise, despite the warm vintage exterior, she was met with a slightly cooler, modern inside that shocked her system. She turned about, trying to regain her boundaries as she recognised the coffee shop she was looking for. It wasn’t hard, really. Just look out for the smell of over-used perfume and coffee beans. She entered the coffee shop that held a fairly warm feel, much like the outside. Families, friends, and business partners all sat, looking rather foolish in her opinion, drinking their over-priced coffee, and talking about mundane topics. She passed multiple tables to reach her destinations, unfortunately one of them being a painfully loud family with rambunctious children that scampered and yelped in every-which way. Finally, despite her fighting to get passed the disrespectful set of people, she found her destination with an elderly-looking man, who sat at a worn, wooden, gum-infested looking table, looking bored, and rather arrogant.
Twili smiled, and greeted the person, despite the sinking feeling that may or may not be the cologn of the Barista who clearly forgot deodorant, or quiet possibly, the factor of standing in front of her greatest enemy, and closest friend. “Hello Merlin.”
———I know where this stories going. I have an obsession with King Arthur, and Merlin. Atlantis, and King Arthur and the Knights of the round table are my love, along with magic abilities.———-
Side Note: For all of you writing fictional stories, make sure your careful in your wording. Whether it be first or third person, make sure you are still in your characters mind-sight. While you might have taken on the daring task of writing a hopeless romantic, your not going to sell it if you have a disdain of it yourself, and it shows through your writing. Once again, I can’t stress the importance I find in becoming my character. (It’s how I actually meditate, besides the main thing being prayer).
Thank you all so much for reading! Let me know what helps you with your setting slip-ups, and how you handle them. Also, let me know if these help, because I’m not a pro, but these see to help me do the jest. Don’t forget to also comment your thoughts on my little settings script.
Stay Ginchy!
HaziWords

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