Setting can add loads of flavor to a story, so much so that it can often become a character in the story. You can use setting to convey feelings to the reader without writing those feelings. How does your MC feel about the events that take place within a scene?
I want you to
utilize these feelings in your writing and setting details. Is he
empty? Cold? Furious? Maybe she is happy, determined, or heartbroken. How can you pull some setting details
into the story to convey these feelings? Make the surroundings describe
the emotions. This can be as simple as one word, one phrase, or one
sentence. Or if pacing allows, you can use the setting to the full
advantage and put the reader right in the middle of emotions by only the
As an example, if your MC is sad, the setting around him/her can be an expression of the sadness. Maybe it can be raining, or flowers can be wilted, or the room may be dark or undecorated. On the flip side, if your MC is angry, the setting should be written in a way that anger is expressed, such as with rolling waves, a thunder storm, loud music.
These examples are very cliche, I know. Only you know your character and the circumstances in your story. You can use this to your advantage and make your setting unique and amazing.
How have you used setting as a "character" in your writing?