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

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Chapter 7

Using Setting to Anchor the Reader

Using Setting to anchor, or orient, the reader as to the when and where of the plot is very important to your story's succes. Anchoring is created when the reader is better able to picture the when and where of the story, which creates a stronger emotional tie to the characters in the story, and thus to the work as a whole.

Since most of us have read only published novels, it’s hard to show how this small detail can separate the published from the unpublished, but if you’ve had the chance to read unpublished work for contests, or worked with newer writers, you’ve likely seen this lack of anchoring time and time again. There’s a reason for this lack—two, actually.

The first reason, and the most common ...

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