Using The Characters

When we’re building atmosphere in a story it can be affected by the perspective of characters. Every character has their own viewpoint with their own preconceived notions, fears, memories and loves and all of these will change how they interact with their surroundings and the interpretation they give. This is particularly important if this character […]

Picking The Place

When we’re building the atmosphere of a place we don’t have to pick a place that immediately suggests the atmosphere we want to build. Classic examples in British fiction could be the gothic mansion, or a medieval castle, or a graveyard when we want a creepy setting. These are all perfectly acceptable and work very […]

What is Pathetic Fallacy?

Pathetic fallacy is the fancy name for the weather reflecting the mood of characters, such as the angry/morose character sitting in their office with a storm raging around them. It used to be a very popular technique, think of Shakespeare’s three witches in Macbeth up to no good in the middle of a storm, but […]

Using The Senses

When we’re creating atmosphere the emotions it evokes in the reader is as much about how we describe the setting as the setting we choose. We can have a gothic mansion that’s homily and a meadow that’s creepy, sometimes the place alone can suggest the atmosphere but that’s another article. Now when we’re talking about […]

Atmosphere Versus Mood

Atmosphere refers to the sense of a place or moment that the text implies to a reader. It’s often used to refer to ‘atmospheric’ prose which tends to be applied to the moody, broody, and dark, though this isn’t always so. Atmosphere is also often related to the horror genre in reference to the spooky, […]