I am continuing on with the lessons. Today's is Character Settings.
•In Bird by Bird, author Anne Lamott explains the importance of setting (set design). “It may help you to know its feel, its temperature, its colors.” (74).¹ She uses the example of “…the clutter and the cracks in the wall belie a bleakness or brokenness in our lives, while photos and a few rare objects show our pride, our rare shining moments.” (75).²
•The space an act occurs in can make or break a scene.
•Let’s put together setting and description. Author Bret Harte in “Tennessee’s Partner” depicts a storm blowing in and creating havoc: “…the pines beside the cabin were swaying in the storm, and trailing their slender fingers over the roof, and the roar and rush of the swollen river were heard below…” (176).³ The scene is set in Grizzly Cañon near Sandy Bar in 1854 where there are small lodge homes in the wilderness. Harte creates a scene using few words as description. The reader can actually hear the branches hitting the roof of the house and the water gushing past just from this short passage.
1, 2 Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird. New York: Pantheon Books, 1994.
3 Hopper, Vincent. Classic American Short Stories. New York: Barron’s Educational, 1964
I would like to see some of you put together setting and description. I can't wait to see what you come up with! Remember, I do check these posts and I answer back to you, so remember to check the blog often.