Welcome to the next installment of Firefly Friday, where we examine a writing tip chestnut and marry it to my favorite TV show Firefly to illustrate the tip.
Setting ain’t just a pretty backdrop. If done right, it can add multiple layers of meaning to your novel or even become a “character” in its own right. Setting can illustrate many things, but today we’ll focus on character.
We’ve heard it a million times: make your prose do double-duty. Setting can be one way to accomplish this. This is one of the things I loved about Firefly and why it can be watched over and over because each time you can discover something new.
Instead of showing clips today, it’ll be a series of pictures. This set illustrates Kaylee, the ship’s engineer. What can you tell about her personality from just seeing her quarters?
The other character’s bunks/personal space also reflects their individual personalities, but I thought I’d focus today on just Kaylee.
Fan of the show? What other parts of the setting helped to illustrate character? What ways have you used setting to illustrate character in your WIP?
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- Writing Lessons from the TV show Firefly (angelaquarles.com)