Your characters need a time and place in which to move. The setting answers the “when” and the “where” of your story, giving it a frame of reference. This adds authenticity and credibility to your storytelling.
When you “set the scene,” you “set the mood,” the atmosphere.
Spooky scene Creative Commons https://pxhere.com/en/photo/744081
Creepy and spooky
is quite different from
sunny with ocean salt-air and sandy beaches.
A setting in the country
offers vastly different opportunities and possibilities
then one in the city.
Since October is Halloween month, let’s work on a spooky kind of setting.
“Fatigued and fighting fear, I followed the mostly hidden pathway through the misty forest glades. Perhaps it would take me back to the familiar.
I have no idea how long I had been struggling to find my way. In the early hours of the morning, I came upon a quaint and rather strange little cottage. Relief and then apprehension washed over me. How odd. Something one might find in a Grimm’s fairy tale, I mused. It had a spooky charm about it. The faded wood and moss-filled roof gave it plenty of character, and it was surprisingly well-kept.
The warm, flickering candlelight cast an eerie glow through several stained glass windows. I stopped for a moment, transfixed by their ethereal beauty.
My skin began to tingle. The cottage was inviting in many ways, but my instincts warned me to enter with caution.
I really have no choice, I reasoned. The glow from a hanging lantern guided me to the entrance. I’m lost and cold.I’m hungry, I’m tired, not to mention, scared. At that point, I realized I was more scared of being lost than of what I might encounter behind the creepy door.”
Come, sit by the fire and I’ll pour you a special cup of tea – Midnight Fog it’s called.
Recipe forMIDNIGHT FOG…
Steep a bag of Red Rooibos tea in 1/2 cup of boiling water.
Whip 1/2 cup of chocolate milk (or substitute like chocolate almond milk) in blender
Pour into a sauce pan and heat.
Wisk to create frothy foam.
Add the heated chocolate milk to tea.
Garnish with pumpkin spice and raw honey.
HALLOWEEN lends itself naturally to villains expressing themselves in clever and creative attire. If it’s not the headless horseman or the age-old Frankenstein, it’s Darth Vader or Zombies hulking the dark streets in our neighborhoods.
This brings us to my favorite topic – storytelling – and in this case, talking about the very important, three-dimensional character, the antagonist.
Webster’s dictionary defines antagonist as… “one that contends with or opposes another – the adversary or opponent.”
What would storytelling look like without a well-developed, strong, fierce and compelling antagonist who’s as well thought-out and multi-dimensional as the hero (or protagonist)?
You wouldn’t have much of a story now would you?
The hero depends on the antagonist to challenge him, force him to overcome… to change… to win.
The antagonistcan be:
a main character
one’s dark side vs one’s “good” side (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
things like the weather (a hurricane, volcano, 40 below freezing temperatures) which the protagonist must overcome or avoid
Most times we think of the antagonist as the villain. Is that always the case?
Could the hero be the villain and the antagonist his/her adversary? Something to think about.
Well, the tea-pot is empty. Time to spice up my antagonist villain in my latest book –Treasure Trap – coming soon. Watch for it.