Absolutely! Setting is crucial to your memoir.
The term “setting” is generally understood to refer to where your memoir takes place. This is a city, a state or province, a country. Setting includes a house and a room and a street. If your pen were a movie camera, the setting would be what you would see on the screen.
But, setting can also refer to a whole series of abstract factors: socio-economic status, the time frame (the era), religion or religious group, an ethnic group, education of the characters, history of the country.
The author frequently assumes either the universality of his/her experience or the lack of interest readers will have in this setting. Consequently, the author omits including the abstract setting in much detail.
To understand a character and memoir one has to understand the setting. Setting is crucial to your memoir.
Writers seem to grasp that every memoir needs well-developed characters and actions, but the same is often not true when they consider memoir setting.
Too many writers omit to tell us enough of the setting of their story to make their memoir feel solid and real. It is as if we are reading about spirits who do not inhabit a tangible world.
1. Setting places your characters in a context and makes them “real.”
The memoir setting is both where and when your story occurs. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]
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This post originally appeared in That Money Girl blog on November 26, 2013 as Your Money Story…Pack It With Power
There is power in writing your money story. Your money story can transform you as it leads to understanding the money energy in your life and ultimately making that energy work for you.
In this post, I write about three features you must utilize in the writing of a money story. These are character, action, and setting. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]