Writing Prompts: Start with the Setting

Part of writing a quality exposition is describing the setting of the story you’re about to tell. Letting the reader know where and when the story takes place is an important part of the plot.

The following prompts are centered around different settings. Take one and run with it!

  • There was no way anyone was going to get me to leave the solitude of the cabin in the mountains until my reservation ended the following week.
  • Being snowed in at a bus station in the city wasn’t an ideal way to spend Christmas Eve, but I suppose there are worse places to be on the holiday.
  • A nurse paging a doctor over the intercom woke me up out of the daze I was in. I glanced at the clock on the wall. 12:02 AM. I guess that’s why they call it a waiting room. I had nothing else to do but wait at this point. 
  • Staying on campus over spring break would be boring compared to the Cancun vacation my roommate was going on, but at least I had the dorm to myself for nine whole days.
  • The year was 1933 and Prohibition had just ended in the United States.

Katrina Martin

Katrina Martin is the owner of Katrina's Resources and a B-6 certified teacher in New York State. She specializes in elementary education and curriculum development. You can read her blog at KatrinasResources.com or view her educational resources on TeachersPayTeachers.com.

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