Question 7: What Is Your Setting?

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Our 7th question is: How does setting help define or contrast with the story problem? This is important because...

it gives a specific context to the story. The reader can apply the story to their own world more easily if the world of the story feels real, plausible and specific. A clear setting helps the reader navigate their own world more clearly. Even though a story is set in the past, its story problem can be relatable to today’s audiences because parallels must be drawn. By the same reasoning, if a story is set in a sci-fi/future world, the emotional principles are still valid and accessible. As “animals with an instinct to survive,” we make sense of our world by looking to past experiences for clues as to what to do/not to do.