Scene setting again
Friends and fellow readers, welcome to the Soul Mate Publishing blog. For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I write historical romance always with a twist of suspense or mystery under the pen name Wareeze Woodson. I have six novels available on Amazon. Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman, After She Became a Lady, An Enduring Love, Vanishing Choices, Captured by the Viscount, and a historical western: Bittersweep.
In my one and only self-published book, some of the characters spill over from Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman into After She Became a Lady. Although the book is a complete, stand-alone work, I will never attempt such a feat again. I am not exactly tech savvy. In future, I shall leave the behind the scene work to the experts at Soul Mate Publishing.
I have written about scene setting in past blogs for Soul Mate Publishing, but I would like to tackle the subject again. The where in time and space, the when is important as well, along with what characters appear on stage at that moment.
The location of the scene, the time along with the space are all important to the story and the setting. Does the scene take place in the city, in the country, in the winter, summer, spring or fall? Is it daylight, night time, evening or exactly when? Is it raining, snowing, hot or cold? Does the scene take place inside a dwelling, outside, in the woods, an open field, or where? The possibilities are endless as the imagination of the author. Let’s follow along.
The London fog, thick, swirling, and with a decided chill, crawled down the alley covering Julette’s feet before quickly shrouding the walls of the buildings on both sides of the narrow passage. Gathering her cloak around her shoulders a little closer, she shivered. The spider web of dense haze deadened the tap of her heels on the cobbled stones. She glanced over her shoulder before edging toward the dimmed glow cast by a lantern swinging above the door at the end of the alleyway. The eerie light beckoned through the gray mist rolling forward into the late evening hours.
Could she make it inside before he discovered which way she had gone? Her heart pounded so hard she couldn’t hear a single sound above the heavy thud of her pulse. She stood, paralyzed for a brief moment until she could calm her breathing. At last, she moved forward. The wheels of a carriage lumbering along the roadway concealed her dart toward the end of the alleyway.
The where is obviously London, England in an alleyway. What more has the reader learned from this brief passage? A dense fog is rolling in covering her footsteps and her person. Is she hiding from someone? A mystery, a twist of suspense is implied. Since the lantern is lit, it must be after dark. The passage states it is late in the evening. The reader can surmise the weather is rather cold. It is not raining at the moment, but it is cold enough to wear a cloak for warmth.
The lantern hanging over a doorway gives the direction to earlier in time—when lanterns were used for light—possibly in the eighteen hundreds. Cobbled pathways are another indication of the time period. The weather is also an indicator, not as to the when of the scene as relates to the time period, but to what is happening at the moment. It is cold, but not freezing, so perhaps late fall is the answer.
The only character in the scene at the time is Julette. Is she young, old, what? She isn’t old because she can move at a rapid pace. She darts along and is out late in the evening without escort. A mystery. Does the reader want to know what happens to the young lady and why she is out alone in the night?
What other questions would the reader like to know at the beginning of the story? To pose a question, please send it to my website: www.wareezewoodson.com.
I have my next novel almost half completed. For further tidbits, try my website again. Thanks for taking the time to read this blog. I hope your enjoyed your encounter with my behind the scene discussion.
My latest novel released November 27, 2019 is available on Amazon and at Soul Mate Publishing.
Captured by the Viscount:
Blurb: Under cover of night and with the best of intentions, Lady Isabel Carlyle breaks into the viscount’s residence to restore his stolen property and retrieve her own. She understood the viscount was out of town for at least a sennight. When she entered the mansion, she never once considered facing a pistol aimed directly at her heart.
The Viscount Matthew Paul Rutherford has need of a bride before the month’s end. Previously, he had selected two different damsels from the marriage mart—Almack’s. However, both ladies met with a fatal accident before the wedding. Now, presented with an unexpected solution to his problem in the form of the lovely thief, he gives Isabel a choice, marriage or gaol.