This week, Alida, Kathryn, and Robert discuss setting.








How is setting different from world building? What do you put on the page and what should you leave out? How much detail is too much detail? And how do you keep your setting active in your story? Robert gives great practical ways to evaluate your style of writing setting, and how to make it better!

What we talked about:

What is it and why do you need it? (0:32)

What challenges do you face when creating a setting? (1:42)

The problem with green screen writing. (3:37)

What are your tendencies as a writer? How can you use those to revise your settings? (6:28)

How you describe your setting can vary based on the needs of the scene. (10:40)

Setting isn’t passive! (12:14)

How you can use setting to create mood and complement your characters. (14:12)

What is the difference between setting and world building? (16:13)

Setting is not just description. (17:03)

Developing setting in books versus movies. (18:38)

How to use detail in setting. (21:16)



Things we mentioned:

A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting by Mary Buckham
Thor: Ragnarok

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