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Lesson 70 Chapter 2 Module 7

It’s a common misconception in writing that settings and surroundings are merely window dressing to the story you are telling.

You think that your reader wants to know more about the characters they are reading, or how to do the thing you are teaching them.

But how can they know how to engage with the lessons you are imparting if they can’t recognize when and where the lessons take place, so they might be able to apply them to their own life?

Sometimes, like in today’s excerpt, the setting actually becomes a character itself.

What’s that?

Well, the theory is that a fantastic setting is written so well, that it becomes another character in the book.

As we learned last week, settings are also more than just their physical and demographic characteristics.

A setting can have purpose and agency in a story, as implied with the title On the Road.

You know going into this book that the road is probably going to be a pretty important thing you’ll be reading about, right?

The book is essentially about a trip across America, and how the road affects the characters and the lessons they learn.

The writing here is similar to yesterday, where the language is brilliant but it also spends a lot more time showing the reader what the characters are sensing and experiencing than telling them what the road is like.

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