Found this article extremely helpful. Using “show” not “tell” with setting. Puts things in perspective for me.
Hmmmm. Must be Walmart.
Today we are going to talk about setting and ways to use it to strengthen your writing and maybe even add in some dimension. Setting is more than a weather report. It can be a magnificent tool to deepen characters.
Setting Can Help Your Characterization
Setting can actually serve a dual role in that it can be not only the backdrop for your story, but it can also serve characterization through symbol.
We editors love to say, “Show. Don’t tell.” Okey dokey, here’s where setting can help you do just that.
THAT’S a desk with a story. “The menthol brings out the blueberry notes in the Yoplait…”
Say you have a character, Buffy, who is depressed. You could go on and on telling us she is blue and how she cannot believe her husband left her for the Scentsy lady, OR you can show us through setting.
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