By: Mary Buckham (@MaryBuckham)
Remember the last novel you read where you were so deep into the world of the story you didn’t want to leave it? Where you felt you could hear and taste and touch what the characters heard, tasted and touched? I call this Active Setting and something that some writers do so well and others, not so well.
What is Active Setting and how can it make a difference in our novels?
Setting can add so much to your story world or it can add nothing. When creating Active Setting we’re looking to add subtext in our writing, a deeper way for your reader to experience your story. Instead of simply describing a place or thing for the sake of description, look closely at how to maximize what we are showing the reader.
It’s amazing what Active Setting can do to enhance a story or, with the lack of it, flatline your novel. Elements of Active Setting can include:
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