E Is for Environment


Take a look around the room you are sitting in. Now think about your town, your community. Now think about your job or your friends. How do you fit into these places? With these people? This is your environment, and it impacts and influences you on daily basis.The same can be said for the characters in your novel. They don’t exist in a vacuum. They have places they know intimately and places they avoid, people they trust, people they are wary of.

To create a complete world for your hero or heroine, these places and people must be a part of their world. You need to show your characters in their environment, in their element. It is through these interactions that readers will get the greatest glimpses of who your characters are at their core.

Your Homework: ​Pick a place or two that matter to your protagonist. Try to envision it in your mind. This is what you want to convey to your readers. Use your senses to describe what it looks like, what it sounds like, what is smells like.


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