Marja McGraw guest-writes at the blog, Buried Under Books. Maria’s topic is setting in novels, and how popular authors use this to their advantage.
- Listen To Your Reader Interestingly, I’d just been on a panel at a conference where we discussed settings. The general consensus of the authors on the panel was that setting is paramount to the story in most cases. Readers want to feel like they’re the fly on the wall while they read, and that’s difficult to do if the setting isn’t described in the story.
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In my writing, the situations of the characters I’ve come up with are all dependent on place. The characters’ situations aren’t generic troubles that could happen anywhere, but are woven into the scenes of the crimes. For me, setting is almost a character itself.
With luck (practice and patience), someday you’ll be able to see what I feel.