Setting a Scene:

  • In Class:
1) Choose a place you know. Write a description.
2) Now, visualize the place and note down its visual aspects.
Do the same with olfactory, tactile, auditory, proprioceptive, and gustatory.

  • For the Next Class Meeting:
3) Imagine a person who is there, at the place you know. Write a few paragraphs that
describe the place using the point of view of this person. Use your notes.
You choose how to guide the reader’s focus and create his/her image. Several things
guide that choice.

Issues at play in describing
  • The issue of credibility
  • Character development
  • Emotional tone
  • As a container for action

Chandler – “Red Wind”
“There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry
Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your
hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that
every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the
carving knife and study their husbands’ necks. Anything can happen.
You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.”