I spent the past few minutes looking around my room, as I tend to do in the small sliver of time I give myself to come up with a solid idea for a blog post.
I scanned the books, the souvenirs people have given me on their return from world travels, the medals and bib numbers from races past. Honor chords from graduations; photos; the abandoned computer printer shoved into a corner.
A room, whether it be a bedroom or an office or a kitchen, says a lot about a person. It is a collection of things they have saved and/or use, depending on the location. Setting is its own form of exposition; where you place your characters, whether fictional or real people, matters. It gives readers a look not only into their life, but the things that are important to them – or, in some cases, things that aren’t.
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