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Pen pushers: Setting the scene

Exercises to inspire creative use of setting, from Lizzie Enfield

Setting is important in fiction. If a reader doesn’t know where the action is taking place, they’ll feel disorientated. But that does not mean you have to spend pages recounting every last detail of a place. It can be as simple as two people having a conversation sitting at a table. Depending on the type of fiction you’re writing, a setting can be a simple background to the story or elaborate and as much a part of the story as the main characters (think George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones or Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels).

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