Sometimes I wish I were transported to a magical kingdom full of chefs and housekeepers and of course a masseuse. I’d bring my family to explore rooms filled with wall to wall books, chocolate and an occasional roller coaster. We’d play at the beach and build a snowman all on the same day. And finish up with a mug of hot chocolate.
Reality is harsh sometimes when we come back to earth to face a heap of laundry, a ‘to do’ list the size of an unabridged dictionary and a pile of dishes in the sink. Yes, there are those treasures like family and friends, but all of us want to escape sometimes.
Readers pick up our novels to escape into another world. It’s our responsibility as authors to give it to them. Good news, while we write of this other world we can experience it too. The fun part is we get to decide what our story world is like.
How can you transport your reader to escape in your story world? Close your eyes and imagine yourself as the character.
Ask yourself the following questions:
*What is the main emotion you are feeling right now? Example: Fear, Sadness, Love, Panic, etc.
*Are there any objects in this room that show how you feel? Example: A chipped mug- broken
*What would you notice in this scene with the emotion you are feeling? Example: If a child is afraid of the dark, in a dark room they will notice shadows and probable monsters, not the soft and cuddly teddy bear.
*Is there anyone else in this room that feels the same way you do, or the opposite? Hint: We can use other characters to mirror or show opposite of our Point of View character’s emotion.
*What do you see, hear, smell, taste, or feel in this scene? Hint: Try to involve all of the senses.
*What are you thinking in this scene? Hint: Character’s goal in this scene will impact what they are thinking.
*Who else is in this scene with you? How do they affect your senses and thoughts? What are they doing? Hint: Try to think of mannerisms and things that go beyond the facial expressions. Have them interact with the setting.
*How do you interact with your setting? Hint: Use beats to show your characters actions that interact with the setting.
*What do you say that sounds uniquely like yourself? What are your favorite words, or culture bits that could filter into your dialogue? Hint: A cowboy talks different from a city professor.
What kind of story world details do I love as a reader?