Penable course: Writing a book #3 – INTRIGUING SETTINGS

Hi, I cannot believe that we’re on the third step to creating a book together already! So far we’ve got an idea, planned our chapters out and in our last post, we created our characters, made a fact file on them and wrote a detailed description. Today we are going to be working on something very important; the settings!

I don’t know about you but I absolutely loooove books stuffed with descriptions. For example, Harry Potter, when J.K Rowling describes the vast table of food filled with the most delicious variety of meals, it makes me lick my lips.


Books without vivid, captivating scenes and settings tend to be quite boring. We’ll start with this picture below:

A fantasy world. Anyone writing fantasy here? How would you describe this scene above to make the reader imagine every detail without taking a glimpse at this picture.

I’ll go first:

The waterfall was the most beautiful thing she had seen, flowing with clean, pure water, white with froth. She then caught sight of a long, sturdy wooden bridge leading to a magnificent castle with ivory towers and red cone roofs. Puffy clouds hovered near the door shaped windows with mahogany windowsills and luxurious velvet curtains tied back with thick ropes of gold. There were at least two hundred cute cottages with trails of smoke escaping the chimneys, circling around tall trees, with low hanging fruits. A colossal mountain stood grandly behind the castle with a feeling of pride, adorned with heaps of clean snow, its peak reaching the silky soft pink sky.

I hope that was a good example 😬😬😬!

But how do you make your scenes intriguing???

  • Use similes
  • Use metaphors
  • Use personification
  • Use your senses
  • Use specific details

But first pick a setting, you can have as many as you wish!

In my book I have TreeFord Manor, the market place, the village, Lucy’s house and half the story isn’t complete yet! You should keep your settings intresting. Take your readers on an adventure, in a dungeon, in a tree house, in the ocean or even in a battlefield!

If its set in a real place, research about it, I’m working on another story set in Tarbert, Scotland, its taking a lot of research!!!

Be sure to create suspence and make your reader carry reading to answer their questions!

Descriptive settings are useful for introducing a character and make great starters for your tales.

Metaphors in a setting: The sun was a big gold coin stuck on a sheet of blue and swirls of white. His house was a lion’s dark den where he lurked, hungry for blood.

Similes in a setting: the soil was spread out across the kitchen floor like brown cookie crumbs. She smiled like a Cheshire cat.

The core elements of a setting are:





Time in setting can refer to the length of time in which the story unfolds (as short as a day or as long as 1000 years or more).Time can also refer to time period, the historical epoch (for example the Middle Ages) in which your novel is set.

‘Place’ is the ‘where’ of story setting. Place in your novel is the geographical location of the story’s events (they take place on a specific planet (or in space), in a specific country, county, city or neighbourhood (or span several).

The ‘mood’ of a story’s setting refers to the tone you create by providing details of time and place. The mood of a dank and rustling wood is very different to that of a bustling, bright metropolis.

Lastly, ‘context’ in setting refers to the way time and place come together to show how elements of setting (such as politics, culture, society) shape (or limit) people’s choices and actions.

These four key points are extremely important when creating a setting and it is also time to end this session. Thank you so much for joining us with this post which I really hope helped you in some way with your book. Don’t worry I’m not going to leave without giving you some homework! 🙂

Homework: I want to hear the different settings in your book and I want at least one vivid description on them.

Thank you once more, stay safe ❤️ and do your homework!

I’ll see you tomorrow for PLANTING THE TWISTS.

Published by H.R Phoenix, Author

H.R Phoenix is the owner and creator of Penable. She likes to inspire people to write and is an Author of a poetry book and the Penable magazine 2020. When she's not working on a short story or writing awesome Penable Posts, she enjoys spending time with her two cute kittens..

13 thoughts on “Penable course: Writing a book #3 – INTRIGUING SETTINGS

  1. Honestly, as regards settings, you have said it all.
    From the use of figures of speech, to suspense, to mood and descriptions.
    All these are used to create effects in a book.
    Great work, I must say. 😉❤

    Liked by 1 person

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