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

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Chapter 9

Using Setting as a Character in Your Story

When we talk about using Setting as a character in the story, we mean that these stories must happen in this particular Setting—for example, Manderley in Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca, or Jack London’s Call of the Wild. It could also mean that the Setting becomes as familiar to the readers as the characters, if that Setting is used in a series.

Some authors use Setting as an active character in their story as opposed to a simple backdrop. Think Tony Hillerman and the Southwest, Dennis Lehane and Boston, Charlaine Harris’s True Blood series set in the backwoods of Louisiana, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files in Chicago, Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak series in southeast Alaska, and Tess Gerritson’s ...

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