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

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Chapter 3

Using Sensory Detail to Enhance Setting

Sensory detail is one of the most underrated tools in a writer’s toolbox and can make a world of difference in creating novels that stand out in a reader’s mind. Not every Setting needs all five senses described in detail—that approach is overkill and can have a major impact on your story pacing, not to mention overwhelming the reader with information. But when introducing the reader to a character, changing the location of the story, or focusing a reader on a place that’s going to play a larger role in the story, then by all means dig deeper to create a strong Setting image. And a key way to do this is via sensory details.

How to Use Sensory Detail in Your Novel

Use sensory details in your Setting ...

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