Wednesday, January 19, 2011

“#5 Be Sparing of Setting”

“Another way to introduce a setting is to show how a character feels about it. In Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov seethes with resentment at the opulence around him in St. Petersburg, and this immediately puts us on alert about him. The setting serves the character; it does not stand on its own.”

I love the red color in the soil; it reminds me of my favorite crayon color. I used burnt sienna in almost all of my childhood drawings. I begged for new boxes of standard Crayola crayon colors, my mother pointed out that the crayon’s looks brand new. I pleaded; I needed a new burnt sienna.

"8 Ways to Write a 5-Star Chapter One"
By Elizabeth Sims
January 2011 Writer’s Digest

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