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

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Chapter 4

Using Setting to Show Emotion

Using Setting to show emotion is one of the most powerful tools of Active Setting, although it is underused by many writers.

Most readers consciously or subconsciously read for the emotion of your story. They look at the cover to clue them into whether a story is humorous, light, dark, or edgy. Within a story though, emotions can run the gamut from light (happy, relief, joy) to dark (anger, fear, terror) as you lead your characters, and thus the reader, on your story journey. There’s enormous energy created on the page through the conscious choice of words to ratchet up the emotions you want the reader to experience, all while the characters move through the story.

Creating an Emotional Experience

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