Sunday, June 14, 2009

Janet Dean on Setting

Using setting to heighten emotion: I talked about using setting to increase emotion in a previous Seekerville post and wanted to expand today on other ways we can use setting. One tiny emotional detail of the setting can provide more impact to the reader than pages and pages of description. If the character hones in on a single detail, he creates a far more powerful impact for the reader than if he focused on the large picture. Just as photos taken from the air after a tornado may give an idea of the extent of the damage, but a close-up shot of a battered teddy bear on a pile of debris can be heart wrenching.

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