This week I’m going to talk about mood and how to create mood and atmosphere in your writing. Getting the mood right can be vital to your story. It can help add tension, set the scene, and so much more. There are a number of ways that you can invoke mood in your story and the links I’ve chosen this week should really help.
- https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-create-atmosphere-and-mood-in-writing#quiz-0 – How to Create Atmosphere and Mood in Writing: This is a quick five minute read about the importance of mood in stories and how they can help it to stand out and stand the test of time. There are a number of sections in this article including what mood is in literature, why it’s important, examples of mood in writing, what the difference is between mood and tone, 4 ways that you can create a believable mood in your stories, and 3 tips that you can use to help when you’re writing.
- https://writersrelief.com/2016/04/28/mood-and-atmosphere-in-your-writing/ – Creating Mood and Atmosphere in Your Writing: This article looks at 8 way that you can create mood in your writing. This includes your choice of words, the tone of your word choice, the setting of your story, using dialogue and internal monologue, and description. The article also contains 4 rules for manipulating mood along with advice on how important it is for the mood to change and your story progresses.
- https://www.writersdigest.com/there-are-no-rules/use-word-choice-to-set-the-mood – Use Word Choice to Set the Mood: This article from Writer’s Digest explains the important of setting the mood for your readers as well as including some great examples of how to set the mood through word choice. It also explains how as writers, our words are setting a mood for every scene we create whether we think we are or not. Our descriptions should always help to set the mood we want, and it is important that our descriptions don’t work against us.
- https://getfreewrite.com/blogs/writing-success/how-to-use-mood-and-atmosphere-in-your-novel – How to Use Mood and Atmosphere In Your Novel: This article starts off by explaining how the atmosphere or mood of your novel is one of the main things that sticks with readers. Who doesn’t remember Wuthering Heights and the atmosphere it created? This article also provides a great list of mood words and how to use them as well as providing examples of different word choices and showing the difference. At the end of the article there are five different exercises you can also try.
- https://penandthepad.com/developing-mood-descriptive-writing-5738.html – Developing Mood & Descriptive Writing: The overall mood of a story you read is important. Think of a beach on a sunny day, how does it make you feel? What about being alone in an old house during a thunderstorm? The words you choose to use are what will create the mood and atmosphere and by choosing these carefully, you reel your reader in and evoke vivid imagery that will keep them hooked. Creating mood is all about your word choice, the tone you set, the settings for your story, and the imagery you use. There are some wonderful tips for each of these in this article.
- https://www.ignitedinkwriting.com/ignite-your-ink-blog-for-writers/how-to-set-the-mood-in-creative-writing/2019 – How to Set the Mood in Creative Writing: This article looks at the importance of emotional impression and how you can create mood in your writing. There is a video you can watch as well. The first section of this article is all about defining mood. It then moves on to talk about how you can create mood in your writing through your use of description. There is an excellent piece on mood changes and the importance of mood changing with scenes or to reflect your character’s arc. The final section looks at the choosing the right words for the mood you want to create.
- https://nicolebianchi.com/captivating-mood-atmosphere-writing/ – How to Create a Captivating Mood and Atmosphere in Your Writing: This article is excellent and begins with explaining mood using movie analogies before moving on to how you can use three different writing techniques to create mood and atmosphere in your stories. This includes setting the mood with carefully chosen words, how to use similes and metaphors successfully when creating mood, and how sentence structure can help set the mood.
- https://writingcooperative.com/tone-mood-and-dark-and-stormy-nights-c96ad69f6b57 – Tone, Mood, and Dark and Stormy Nights: This final link explores how writers can project and create feelings in their writing. It begins with an explaining that mood is how a story makes a reader feel. Mood can be used to heighten tension, as an emotional set up, to relieve tension, and so on. The article has some excellent examples of how to evoke mood as well as providing a list of techniques you can use.
I hope you enjoyed the links today and have a better understanding of how to evoke mood and atmosphere in your stories. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.
(c) Amanda J Evans