on Live Write Thrive:
Too often, writers ignore setting. Look—we live in the physical world. We respond to and interact with every single setting we are in.
External elements affect us, our mood, our health, our perspective. Weather, quality of light, feel of the air, smells … all factors that contribute.
Fiction writers are all about manipulating readers. We want our readers to feel certain things, come to specific conclusions. We should know what our objectives are for every scene. So taking time to decide on setting is important and shouldn’t be overlooked.