Setting complements characterization

Tags: Writing CharacterizationCharacterization


The landscape a character inhabits can provide a glimpse into their character. Rich, specific detail about their surroundings and their setting makes a character feel like a real individual, who existed before the novel began and who may exist when it is finished. Moreover, the spaces and objects in which a character is presented—as well as the places and things that they choose to surround themselves—can provide telling details that inform the reader about the character in ways that would be difficult to integrate into a story otherwise.

  • See Specificity brings characters to lifeSpecificity brings characters to life
    Tags: [[Characterization]]

    Vivid characters come to life when they are rendered using a limited palette of specific details. These details can include physical elements—think of Ahab's ivory leg—o...
    : Associating characters with specific aspects of the landscape can help bring them to life on the page by providing subtle details
  • Show don't tell - Putting characters in motion within the setting help demonstrate their key traits
  • Complement dialogue-heavy scenes amidst character-reinforcing activitiesComplement dialogue-heavy scenes amidst character-reinforcing activities
    Tags: [[Writing]] [[Characterization]] [[Setting]]

    When writing a scene that involves a great deal of dialogue, it can be beneficial to give the characters something to do. Two people chatting at ...
    - Put characters in motion within the setting to reinforce their characterization


George 2020