Exercise 5: Setting and Emotion
From Leslie Leigh
Consider the character’s emotional state while describing the setting.
The idea of this exercise is a great one. Examining the emotional state of my heroine as I described the setting was useful, particularly in that it was a good way to further explore her complex relationship to it. As a standalone writing exercise, I would probably move it back into my character work, though. It felt a bit more like an experiment in deep point of view than one in setting.
That said, I do think it could be very useful during writing. If I were ever stuck during a passage where I wanted to add some setting description, this is a great go-to to get started.