Often, too little attention is paid to place in your story. The location your story takes place provides the needed backdrop for your dramas to play out. Imagine watching a movie and all you see is the actors jumping in front of a green screen, where if there was a high building, or maybe a mountain, or even a trampoline then the location would add the needed content to why the actors are jumping.

The setting is the location of the plot, including the region, geography, climate, neighborhood, buildings, and interiors. Your setting should also add mood, meaning, and thematic connotations to the story. The setting can also set the pace, as in the passage of time (flashbacks and flash-forwards). Elements such as weather, lighting, the season, and the hour should be layered into every setting scene and flashback.

Writer’s Digest’s “The Fundamental Elements of Setting”

Here is a list of the specific elements that the setting encompasses:

  1. Locale. 
  2. Time of year. 
  3. Time of day. 
  4. Elapsed time. 
  5. Mood and atmosphere. 
  6. Climate. 
  7. Geography. 
  8. Man-made geography. T
  9. Eras of historical importance. 
  10. Social/political/cultural environment. 
  11. Population. 
  12. Ancestral influences.