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A Writer's Guide to Active Setting by Dianna Love, Mary Buckham

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Chapter 1

Getting Started with Active Setting

Throughout this book we’ll be looking at how you can ramp up elements of your story by how you use or do not use your Setting. We’ll start with an overview of why Setting matters to a story and see examples from published authors showing, in a variety of genres, how they maximized Setting in their novels. Always keep in mind that Setting is more than describing a place.

NOTE: Active Setting means using your Setting details to work harder and smarter.

First, you should focus on what seems like a basic assumption.

Your reader has never been in your world—wherever your world is.

It doesn’t matter if it’s New York City and most of your readers live in Manhattan; your reader has never been in your world. ...

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