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

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Chapter 10

Devil in the Setting Details

By now you should have stopped thinking of Setting as simply a way to show the reader location. Instead, think of Setting as a rich medium to use showing, not telling, to anchor the reader into the passage of time or change of place in your story, to act as its own character if the reader expects that, and, above all, to draw the reader deeper into your story.

Depending on the genre you’re writing, the Setting details can be minimal or everything to the story. Science fiction and fantasy writers are known for their worldbuilding, creating universes populated with exotic new places and the people who inhabit them. In these genres, Setting is pivotal. Think Hogwarts in the Harry Potter stories, Middle Earth ...

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