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

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Chapter 2

Using Subjective Setting Detail to Reveal Character

One of the ways that Setting can work harder in your stories is by using it to reveal something about the character viewing the Setting. Instead of stopping the story flow to tell the reader that Joe is a former Special Forces operative, or that Fran loves children, you can show this through their experiences, personalities, and backgrounds.

Here’s a generic Setting example:

The street was a block long with three-story buildings on either side. Most of them brick. One was built out of concrete. All had steps leading down to the sidewalk. Five trees had been planted along the outer curb and several cars were parked along the street.

Pretty bland and nondescript. The reader sees buildings, ...

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