Using Setting to Develop Characters

Uninspired Writers

I’ve been reading a lot recently about setting and how important it is to a story. I’ve spoken before about finding the perfect setting for your novel, and the impact it can have on the plot. But the main topic I’ve been focusing on recently is how writers can use setting to develop their characters.

We all know that crafting characters isn’t just about defining their physical traits, or even outlining their personality. There’s more to it than that, and setting can help you show more about your characters and who they are in a subtle way.

The places they choose to be
You can tell a lot about a person from the places they choose to be. Here are some ideas and examples.

  • Home Life
    • Somebody who chooses to live by the sea may like the calm and the fresh air
    • Somebody who chooses to live…

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