Case Study Steve Tries Out His Climbing Skills

Steve's hobby is climbing and he bases his plot development on situations he has encountered as a member of a climbing team. By combining his experiences of climbing different types of terrain, in a variety of weather conditions with his knowledge of teamwork in potentially dangerous situations, he is able to bring his characters vividly to life. As a result, his adventure stories are fast-paced and exciting.


As we saw in the section dealing with reaction and interaction, static characters are dull and lifeless. If you are to breathe any life into them, they must be seen to move about.

In order to write effectively about a situation, it is not enough just to visualise the characters, the author must also have a clear picture of their surroundings. The layout of a room, for example, the length of a road, the interior of a car.

Minding the furniture

Even when all the characters are seated, they still nod their heads, shift position, wave a hand expressively. They may stand up, pace the carpet or make their way into another room. In order to convey this effectively, you need to know the layout of not only the room but also the building and how they can get to where they want to go.

You also need to know where the furniture is placed, how they manoeuvre around it and how fast or slowly they move.

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