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Producing a convincing atmosphere
Anticipating future events
Using the weather, seasons and days
Including the weird and disturbing
I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow.
—Edgar Allan Poe (The Fall of the House of Usher, 1839)
Few writers can create a chilling mood as effectively as Edgar Allan Poe. As the above quote implies, some of his characters seem to exude atmosphere from their very person.
Precise, evocative description is key to the way a story works. Although some people think of description as a kind of padding between the exciting bits of a fictional narrative, nothing’s further from the truth. Description aids the creation of mood, atmosphere and tension.
Description allows you as the writer to offer a window into your character’s thoughts, feelings and inner world. People sense and experience the world differently, in their own unique way; effective descriptive writing provides readers with a great deal of information about your characters as well as the world outside them, ...