This is my attempt to make some content happen, since I’m working like a crazy person this weekend.
The trick to making the setting and scene realistic lies in adding just the right amount of detail. The internet is very helpful here, because it offers a wide variety of images. You can find the right one and describe it. Most of the time, unless I’m naming a specific product, it’s not necessary to get every detail right. I just need to provide enough clues for the reader and they will construct the image in their head. The beauty of writing is that every reader will have a slightly different image in their mind and that makes the novel personal to them.
This scene involves Rowena, one of the Masters of the Dead. We need to describe Rowena herself and her office.
Rowena is in the Casino, working. She is a woman who is always put together.
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I like the Prada business suit. Except I need to make it blue, because that’s the color Rowena would like.
I stopped at the service desk and asked to see Rowena. Ten minutes later she came down the stairs. She wore an elegant business suit. The dark blue fabric of the blazer hugged her tiny waist, betraying a glimpse of a white silk blouse. The pants slimmed her legs and her
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shiny leather pumps added another five inches to her height. Her fiery red hair fell down her shoulders in a carefully styled cascade. She looked impeccable, elegant and powerful, yet unmistakably feminine.
At this point, the reader is wondering why Kate is noticing all this detail. We need this detail for contrast.
She didn’t look like a woman with blood on her hands.
Reinforce the contrast:
Her face reflected nothing except hospitality, but her eyes looked haggard.
“Kate, what a pleasant surprise.”
Define pleasant. “We need a place to talk.”
Blah-blah-blah, skip, skip, skip.
We’re now proceeding into Rowena’s office. Here it’s critical to consider what sort of woman Rowena is. What does she want? What decor appeals to her?
I think Rowena would like a beach home. That means little clutter, clean lines, light palette. A nice contrast to Ghastek’s office, which is decorate in rich color and is cluttered. Also a nice contrast to the horror of the vampire stables.
Google beach getaway house
Scroll, scroll, scroll
I like this image. It seems like Rowena, so I’m going to incorporate it.
The floor was muted, sand-colored tile. The walls offered an off-white shade. A cream rug lay on the floor, flanked by blond-wood couch and two chairs supporting pale soft cushions. The place was simple and free of clutter. An aromatic candle floated in a glass dish, sending a faint vanilla perfume into the air. To the right, a beige drape framed the floor-to-ceiling observation window.
Now I want to nudge the reader toward the right association.
You half-expected to pull the drape aside and see white sand and crystalline blue water of the ocean instead of the concrete box full of undead chained in their cells.
The end. Must go write more.