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

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Chapter 8

Using Setting in an Action Sequence

Be wary of writing more about the Setting than a story can handle. A short scene requires only a few words of description. If you are in the middle of an action scene, you don’t necessarily want to slow the pacing to describe too much detail. There are no set rules for this, but if you work details in around the characters' actions, you should be fine.

When reading other authors' works, keep an eye out for when and where they slow the pacing to give longer descriptions, and where they increase pacing by using shorter snippets that still orient the reader. Use different colored post-it notes to mark examples and return to them after you’ve finished a novel to study the book in more depth.

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