So for example, I want a scene to be at sunset – but then how will I know it’s at sunset? May sound obvious (and this approach can be of more help in cases where there is complex subject matter that is proving a sticking point), but this will be through a process of deduction and helps focus the work that’s to be produced – So for example, if Holmes was here and I asked him how does he know this is at sunset.
He would say it’s at sunset because of the tones and shadows. Then he could go deeper and deeper into detail if necessary. This approach I would take before starting the scene, asking myself questions about “how I do know” and these act as a great guide for setting the scene or evoking emotions I am looking to evoke.