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Author: Kim Lozano

Kim Lozano is an editor and creative writing coach from St. Louis. Her work has been published in The Iowa Review, North American Review, DIY MFA, CRAFT, and many other publications. You can find out more about her classes and the writing resources she offers at kimlozano.com

1, 2, 3, Activate: The Secret To Writing Setting

Setting is not just a place in which characters are pinned down to keep them from floating off into the ether. And writing setting should not be a static description of the characters’ surroundings. If you want your setting to help forward the plot, reveal character, convey mood, or any number of other narrative functions it can perform, you need to activate it. Here are some ideas that will keep your setting from amounting to mere backdrop or scenery.