Finding the right amount of description can be a tricky thing. Too little and the story won’t feel real. Too much and the reader starts to skim. Either way, we lose the reader’s attention. And once lost, it’s hard to get back.
The right setting can bring a story to life for the reader They can increase tension, capture the imagination, change the story’s pace. A story might have an elaborate and detailed setting or hint at one, leaving it up to the readers to fill in the details. All are effective in their own way, and the types of settings you might use will vary depending on genre and the story you want to tell.
The story elements we use determine whether our readers will laugh, cry, or be sickened or excited. Tone is the emotion you want to convey to your reader. How you want them to feel when they read your novel. It affects the story’s mood and draws attention to your word choice. Portraying the wrong emotion can turn a horror story into a comedy or a romance into a thriller.
If we want our world to come alive in our readers' minds, we have to make it feel real. The more complex and diverse your world is, the better your readers will be able to relate it and the easier it will be to generate a variety of conflict for your characters.