I’m adding this as a transition from Character to Setting, but don’t dismiss it as unimportant for writing. Have you ever read a book where the furniture and even the doors move? Unless, of course that’s part of the book–Terry Pratchet comes to mind, but I know his use of it was deliberate.
When writing, my characters usually spend some time in their places of work and at home at one time or several times during a book. Having descriptions of these places have proven helpful in not having to scroll back through a 70,000 word novel to remember what I placed the bed in their house or the computer in their cubicle.
This sketch was adapted from one of my favorite writing books by Karen S. Wiesner, First Draft in 30 Days.
NAME OF CHARACTER:
Year and/or Time Period:
Region/Country/State/Territory they live in:
Describe their surroundings (big city, rural area, suburbs, etc.):
Describe their neighborhood & neighbors, especially ones that appear in the book:
Address, if this is important:
Describe the exterior of the House (house, apartment, or trailer):
Describe the interior of the House or draw a picture (decor, rooms, etc):
Physical, Mental, Spiritual, and/or Emotional Atmosphere of the Home:
Business Name, Type, and Address:
Describe the exterior of the business:
Describe the interior of the business:
Describe the Individual Workspace:
Note: if they live in a city like New York, having a map of the city can be helpful. My sister draws a full map of each setting in her fantasy novel so she knows where everything is. I do sketches of certain places though I lack her drawing ability. I find doing this helpful, because there are some readers who do pick up on these things.