Setting is also a character

Oats (2007), Forster (2001) and May (2006) all advise that, an author should step into the shoes of their characters, become the character and look around, see what they see, feel what they feel. These authors also reinforce that setting is also a character, and bringing setting to life can add dimensions to a story, by assisting in the activation of all five senses for the reader.

These insights into character development have clarified some questions I had, that were blocking my sight from their perspective. Having known where my story was going, and where it was coming from, was not helping me to begin in earnest the tale itself. However, this week on characterisation has cleared up my ability to step into the role of my characters, and I am confident enough now to begin to add depths to them.  I like Ingermanson’s ‘Snow Flake Method’ (2014) for story creation and transposition.

Burroway, J 2007, Imaginative writing: the elements of craft, Pearson, Florida.

Forster, EM 2001, Story in sight, viewed 9th April 2017,

May, CE Spring 2006, ‘Putting yourself in the shoes of Raymond Carver’, Journal of the Short Story in English, vol. Raymond Carver, no. 46, p. 31-42.

Oates, JC  2007, ‘On writing characters’, FORA. Tv, Video Pod Cast, accessed 9th April 2017, 1.14:06 pm,

Weiland, KM 2010, Crafting Unforgettable Characters, Weiland, K. M., Nebraska.

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