Even your setting can reveal things about your character.

When you think about characterization, you probably think about how your character acts and what he says.  After all, you probably realize that you are supposed to show your reader who your character is, not just tell your reader who your character is.

But what about your setting?  How do you use that?

Maybe you’ve already given this some thought.  Your character has certain posters up on her bedroom wall.   The color of room tells your reader quite a lot.  Is her room neat or messy?  Is the furniture kiddie or mature?  New or old?  All of this can tell your reader about your character.

But you can go farther than this, using where you set your scenes to tell us all about your character.  To find out how to do this, check out my post on the Muffin.