Thanks Elle. These are good prompts. I’m very into settings, which I think comes from my previous life as a conservation ecologist – working in some amazing wild places. So I’ve always got to have a strong sense of the natural world that my story takes place in – weather, plants, animals, noises, tides, rock types … yeah maybe I go too far, but so much of it can be used to contribute to the mood of a scene that I love having those tiny details at my fingertips.
THe human stuff always comes second, which is almost certainly the wrong way around!