Each environment in a novel, whether it be a room or building, landscape or garden, evokes a spirit.
Writers should aim to bring the spirit of their environments to life.
The core idea of your piece of writing is the constant thread, the bit that unites everything toward the goal of a deeper understanding about the nature of being human. The places a writer choses to use in her work must have some core significance to the big idea.
When selecting an environment, writers should aim to unleash the natural and familiar, or associated, energy.
What does this mean?
Take an environment that's important for your story - and realise its potential in added an evocative dimension to your work.
If you chose Canary Warf as a location in your fiction - maybe you'd chosen it because your narrative had a commercial theme. you could argue then, that the area known as Canary Wharf had 'commercial energy.'
What do I do with this 'energy'?
What you do with it is aim to maximise its potential to create dramatic, and significant effect. You do this by a process known as the 'hierarchy of significance', you choices of what it is important to comment on in your descriptions of the environment give the FUEL to that 'commercial energy.
'The towering smoked glass and chrome…'
You may decide that the flowerbeds outside do not contribute to the aesthetic you wished to create, so left them out of the description.
You have selected the appropriate features you wish to describe because they gave ENERGY, and you have FUELLED that energy with dramatic words and phrases to create the maximum effect.
Writer and creative writing course teacher, Benedict Brooks invites you to share in his story and progress to becoming a successful author.