Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Foggy Writing: Grounding Your Characters

Don't leave your readers in a .
Setting is important. Don't leave your reader wondering if your characters are inside, outside, or hanging from a tree. While you don't want to spend paragraphs describing your setting, a few simple words or phrases will help "ground" your characters in the reader's mind. Their imagination will take over from there.
Ex: Cybil plopped onto the porch, an exasperated look covering her face. "Millions of things to do in this world, and we're stuck out in the middle of the wheat fields tending a grandmother who doesn't even know our names."
Character: Cybil
Location: Outside, in the country
Problem: Ailing grandmother

With one paragraph, the character is grounded and the reader is "caught up" on the story and ready to take the rest of the journey with the character.

"Keep reading and dreaming"

God bless,

1 comment:

Una Townsend said...

Good information and so important for the writer, Susan. Great example, too.