The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.
As writers, I believe most of us are always on the lookout for writing guides that help map and improve our creative journey. I've ran across a three part E series by Mary Buckham on writing active setting that I found enlightening. Have you read it? If not you may find it helpful too.
I must admit, that for the most part when I wrote settings, my motive was to bring the reader into the story by visualization and pull them into the story's location. But settings can offer so much more as shown in these three books.
Writing Active Setting Book 1 deals with characterization and sensory detail
Writing Active Setting Book 2--conflict and backstory
Writing Active Setting Book 3--anchoring, action, as a character and more.
Whew. That's a lot to work into a setting.
Buckham gives many examples and shows many different authors' styles. Some write a wonderful setting in a couple of sentences, others in a couple of paragraphs.
Setting is a wonderful tool than can be used to anchor the reader, give time and season, show foreshadowing, emotion, POV and more.
This set has gone into my toolbox.