That’s one of the fun things about being a writer. You can set your story in a favourite place, a modern setting or a world created completely from your imagination.
Setting is important in a story because it draws the reader into your character’s world. Setting can also be like another character in your story, it can make things happen. For example, in a fantasy world where a forest comes to life, or in the real world where character could be fighting to survive in the outdoors (like Gary Paulsen’s fabulous book, Hatchet)
When you are creating a world for your story (a setting), these are the kind of things you will need to think about:
- What does your world, look, feel and smell like?
- How does your world work? What sort of systems of government, schools and workplaces are there in your world?
- How does your social network operate? Is there technology? Are there computers? Or do you communicate with your friends some other way?
- What do you do for entertainment in your story world?
- What are the beliefs and values in this world?
- What is the everyday lifestyle of the people in this world? Do they farm? Are they at war? Is it more of a futuristic world?
- Who else lives in this world? What sort of creatures and lifeforms are there?