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Writing With Quiet Hands by Paula Munier

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Chapter Nine

The Grounding of Setting

“Every story would be another story, and unrecognizable if it took up its characters and plot and happened somewhere else. … Fiction depends for its life on place. Place is the crossroads of circumstance, the proving ground of, What happened? Who’s here? Who’s coming? …” —Eudora Welty

The right setting is as important in fiction as it is in real life. Where would Spenser be without Boston? Scarlett O’Hara without Tara? James Joyce without Dublin? Harry Potter without Hogwarts? Raymond Chandler without Los Angeles? Atticus Finch without Maycomb County, Alabama? John Steinbeck without California? Candace Bushnell without New York City?

Only in the right setting can your protagonist bloom where she is planted. ...

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