Character Setting Sketch

This one might not see as important, but have you ever read a book where the furniture and even the doors move. Unless, of course that’s part of the book. When writing, my characters usually spend some time in their places of work and at home a one time or several times during a book. Having descriptions of these places have proven helpful in not having to scroll back later to remember what I placed in their house or cubicle. Good luck with NaNoMo, all!


Describe their surroundings (big city, rural area, suburbs, etc.), Neighborhood & Neighbors:

Region, Year, and/or Time Period:



Address (Country, state or territory, city, etc.):

Describe the exterior of the House (house, apartment, or trailer):

Describe the interior of the House or draw a picture (decor, rooms, etc):

Physical, Mental, Spiritual, and/or Emotional Atmosphere of the Home:


Business Name,  Type, and Address:


Describe the exterior of the business:

Describe the interior of the business:

Describe the Individual Workspace:



4 thoughts on “Character Setting Sketch

  1. Mari Miniatt October 25, 2010 / 12:51 am

    It’s amazing how a simple little thing can mess you up. Recently, I moved an entire building in a chapter. Normally it would not have been that important, but I had wrote the first half of the chapter on one character sneaking from one building to another, running into problems and crossing the street. He does the big rescue and the first building had now moved closer.
    Next time I will get out the graph paper and make a map! LOL

    • Stephannie Beman October 25, 2010 / 4:22 am

      😀 LOL okay, bad me. I shouldn’t laugh, but that was funny. I’ve done similair things. After I finished the draft of My Lord Hades I realized I had changed around the rooms in the palace twice and switched around the directions of the grove, beach, and meadow where Persephone lives. I finally decided to sketch out the settings where they live or work. Sometimes these sketches only get filled in as I write, not before.

  2. Joleene Naylor October 28, 2010 / 5:04 am

    ha ha! Yes! The ever moving furniture! I have to draw maps of things, myself, or I lose track of it. Plus I find my imagination changes it’s mind sometimes…

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