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

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Chapter 5

Using Setting to Create Complication

Once we start to see the power of using Setting, it’s difficult to go back to simply stringing descriptive words together without looking at them critically. In this chapter we’ll go a bit deeper and look at how to use Setting to show conflict or complications in a character’s world through word choices. This will also show how to focus a reader on what’s happening for the character.

Let’s look at a master of Setting, Barbara Kingsolver:

The cluttered kitchen irritates her. The Formica countertop is patterned with pink and black loops like rubber bands lying against each other, getting on her nerves, all cocked and ready to spring like hail across the kitchen. Alice wonders if other women in the ...

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