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Writing Exercise: Location Location Location

When describing the setting of a scene or a chapter, how do you decide what to include and what to leave out? Should you describe the carpets? The wallpaper? The smell? The persistent, bassy growling sound coming from the cage of angry tigers in the corner? Which bits are relevant?

Using a definite point of view can help with all kinds of writing, because it allows you to infuse the words with emotion.

Our tip: try describing your location from the point of view of your protagonist, given what you know about their outlook and temperament, paying particular attention to the emotional state they are in at this specific point in the story, to guide you in what they would find interesting, annoying, noteworthy or otherwise in the location they have found themselves in.

It can also be an interesting exercise to describe it from the point of view of any other characters who are present. What do they see that your protagonist does not, and vice versa?

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