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What is your personal setting?


  • Where do you live?
  • What kind of car do you drive?
  • How do you dress?
  • Where do you go to school?

Our backyard...


There are really 2 types of settings...



Integral Setting - The fully described time and place that is central to the story.


Backdrop Setting - This is the vague and more general components that contribute to the story, but don't necessarily define it.

6 Elements of Setting

1 = Time

Past... Present...Future...

2 = Place

castle, cemetery, a street corner, a

forest, mountains, another galaxy

3 = Weather


a wintery morning, a foggy evening , a sunny day

4 = Mood/Atmosphere

Is the mood...frightening? happy? cheery? gloomy? Is there tension in the air? Something just about to happen?

5 = Social Conditions

What is going on in the culture or society around the story? Historical Events? How does the character act? What are their habits/mannerisms?


6 = Special Objects

a pocket watch, a cell phone, a horse and buggy, a flashy convertable, a beat up truck