Whenever you get stuck on setting, look up available houses in the neighborhood. Take a good look at the photos of each room. Check out the exterior as well, whether it’s a single-family home, an apartment or a condo.
Can you picture your character living there?
What happens inside the residence? A murder? A hot love affair? The birth of a child? Perhaps a devastating fire.
Adapt the residence to fit your setting. Change the modern two-story house to an enchanted mansion on a street of Victorians. If it’s in perfect condition, give it a serious flaw, like a leaky roof or bathroom tiles that collapse inward when cleaned.
How large of a family do you envision living there? If it’s a studio, perhaps you cram a family of four inside as it’s all they can afford. Or maybe a successful business woman buys the triplex in a new, swanky neighborhood.
Now that you’ve established character and setting, craft the story. Make something intriguing happen, something that draws readers in.
Invite other characters to populate your story, but make them all different, with spooky characteristics that clash.
Have fun with this one.