When newscasters, screenwriters, and movie directions use the term, “on location”, it means they are filming at the physical site of the story. Writers can bring their readers “on location” by describing the setting.
The setting may include:
- geographical location (city, state, and/or country)
- description of location
- conditions (socio-economic or environmental conditions)
- historical context
- imagery or sensory cues (words to describe what is seen, heard, felt, tasted, or smelled)
Read the following quotes from literature. Do you feel “on location”?
“The walls were made of dark stone, dimly lit by torches. Empty benches rose on either side of him, but ahead, in the highest benches of all, were many shadowy figures. They had been talking in low voices, but as the heavy door swung closed behind Harry an ominous silence fell.” –Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
“The home of the Little family was a pleasant place near a park in New York City. In the mornings, the sun streamed in through the east windows, and all the Littles were up early as a general rule.” – Stuart Little by E.B. White
“It was early morning and it looked like it might rain; it has been raining every day for almost two weeks. The sky was gray and the air was thick and still. Fog was hugging the ground.” –The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
Choose from one of the photographs below and write a paragraph that describes the setting. Use descriptive language to help your reader feel like they are there. Engage the senses. Take your reader “on location“.
In the comment section below, share your first name, age, state, and country. Share your paragraph.
For more practice with “setting”, click HERE.
Michelle Lynn Senters is the Founder and Director of KIDS ARE WRITERS. She spends her days working as a teacher and spends her evenings writing books for children and adults. You can learn more about Michelle HERE and at www.michellelynnsenters.com.