This is not a post containing any advise. In fact, I need advise.
During my writer’s critique group this week, I was told something along the lines of:
“OMG WHERE ARE THESE CHARACTERS I CAN’T SEE ANYTHING AROUND THEM SETTING OMG FIGURE IT OUT”
To which I said
“Setting? pshaw. I’m great at setting.”
I am. Watch. I’ll describe to you now, my living room, which I am sitting in.
Those two walls are orange and those ones are cream because I started painting and then got bored. My couch is orange, too. Carpet is…beige? There’s a TV!
The point is, setting is not my strong suit. I can do lots of other stuff. But describing what’s going on around the characters is torture. My mother told me to “Have your character walk into the room, and describe what they see.”
We can see how well that works for me.
So what do you do? How do you set up your setting? How do you paint the background in your stories? Tell me quickly, because for reals. It’s not OK anymore.