If narrative is a journey, character being the driver, and plot the vehicle, then setting is the scenery along the way. The big mistake, however, is to think that it’s merely the backdrop: if you use it well, setting can powerfully amplify theme, show character, advance the narrative. It creates atmosphere; it is the world in which your characters exist; and in some cases, it’s the story itself. Some writers have even gone so far as to say that they treat landscape as another character.
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