Setting, Novel Structure, and Revising Your First Draft

KRISTINA STANLEY

I once read a book where I didn’t skim any of the setting description. Afterward, I wondered why. I admit, I’m impatient with too much description. To learn what captured me, I re-read

the book and highlighted every sentence that described the setting. What I realized was the author only described things or places that were relevant to the plot.

That was the moment I went on a mission to learn everything I could about setting and how to use it to make my novels more enjoyable.

Most writers know setting creates the story world. But in the context of novel structure, it can do so much more for you.

Once you’ve determined the setting for each scene, ask yourself if the setting is the best place for emotional impact. This one little question helps you:

  • increase or decrease conflict
  • increase or decrease tension
  • set the mood
  • show characterization

That’s a…

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