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Setting Or Where Are We General Considerations 0 Regard setting as being as an important element as the character in fiction In many works of fiction the setting is as important as any of the characters 0 Winesburg Ohio by Shenvood o The movie Avatar 0 the Land of Oz 0 The world of Harry Potter IF A READER CANNOT PICTURE where the action of the story is taking place they will not be as involved in your story 0 Always think of your fiction visually 0 Set the stage yet use the props of your setting as important tools in the story 0 Setting has suffered in postmodern fiction as long descriptions of setting can be boring or skipped over by readers but readers still need to know where your story is taking place 0 Good fiction needs concrete deal and setting can be the key to that Remember the 6 key questions journalist are trained to ask in any real story who what when where how and why Strive to answer these questions in your fictional stories and setting must answer where and when More Particulars FOR REAL SETTINGS For real settings do your homework Walk the streets taking note of everything you see that could be used for setting in your story Sit in a cafe or restaurant or other public place and listen to the people how do they sound and look What are they talking about Then put those voices or opinions into characters that look nothing like the people you observed change their looks and clothing If you want the real setting identified put some real historical information about the place in your story SETI39ING AS THE GROUNDWORK OF FICTION We used to be taught that Setting Character Plot meaning that out of a place a character is formed out of a character s unique nature and motives a plot may follow To give weight to both nature and nurture character amp environment which makes fiction more interesting think character setting 2 plot Setting AS ANTAGONIST In many genres of fiction setting provides the background for the action think of Westerns war stories and man against nature stories where a character struggles against a natural element for survival Setting AS A QUALITY OF VISION To enhance a scene with dialogue break away from the drama now and then to give your reader a sense of the stage Integrate smells of cooking or other scents sounds from another room or outside to bring the scene to life Don t forget to add concrete detail MOOD AND ATMOSPHERE Set the mood or tone of a scene using setting This is especially effective in horror romance Gothic and certain types of fantasy fiction eg that feature vampires or werewolves FORESHADOWING Provokes and eventually confirms a reader s suspicions or expectations of what might happen So if the main character is going to face danger or even death foreshadowing that expectation by setting a scene earlier that suggests danger or death USING SETTING IN BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS In the opening of your story remember to set the scene as to the time of day as well as place Introduce your first character or characters by showing the reader something about each one through action dialogue or description that conveys or illuminates something about their character Likewise if you end your story using setting it acts as the perfect fadeout as in movies SE39ITING AS A CHARACTER PORTRAIT Use setting to inform us about a character Instead of introducing a character by describing his face or body show us instead where he lives what he has and how he arranges or uses what he has