The boxes move like there’s a tornado when in reality, the temperature’s really hot today. I get close to them and lean down, they move far away from me. This could only mean one thing, Jack’s playing a prank on me. But like the big lovely brother I am, I follow it. I follow the boxes until they make a stop and I look up to see my mischievous little brother laughing, victoriously at me. Ugh, brothers rivalry. I grabb him and start tickling his armpitts and stomach. He’s laugh and protests feels the empty silence that was in the room a minute ago. “Ahg, Alex stop!” My smile widened as I look up to see mom leaning on the white hall wall, smiling gracefully at me. She loves when I bring a smile to Jordan and make him forget his cancer thing for a moment. “Mom!” He yells. “You’ve should of seen Alex’s expression when he thought the boxes were actually moving.” How does he manages to talk so good when he’s been tickled?
You want to create a world that is believable, yet fascinating, which is why finding the right setting for your story is crucial. One way to create a setting in writing a story and practice your hand at observing details is by doing some of your own “hands on” research. For example, if you are setting your story in a small seaside town on the East Coast, go to an actual town near the ocean in the East. Make note of the details you see, smell, hear, touch, and taste, and what the vibe of the town is. Then use those notes along with the sensory details of your experience to create a setting that will invite the reader to come along on the journey with the story’s characters. After all, even the most minute details in writing your story can help a setting come alive to the reader.
While taking one side of an issue over another is clearly based on your opinion, you can make objective writing a reality by avoiding first-person and second-person pronouns. The fact that the paper is yours makes it clear that the ideas, thoughts and conclusions that are not cited are your own. Unless you are conducting primary research and discussing it, write in the third person using third-person pronouns when applicable. Otherwise, personal comments, such as “I think” or “my opinion is” come across more as a biased opinion rather than a logical argument with supporting evidence.