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how important is setting? how do you guys...
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how important is setting? how do you guys handle it?

i find my short stories often have a pretty clear setting in my mind, but I go sparse on descriptive detail in my writing, it's not only that I find writing location descriptions as tough and a little awkward, but I often feel like it may be extraneous.

the other problem I have is writing a story in some vague imaginary new york, but I have trouble describing it because I've never really been to new york. I give some barebones literary description of the big mean city, but I feel I probably don't communicate it much.

so?
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Its only as important as its needed to understand the story. To fully grasp Tolkien's work you need to know about his setting, not so much with say a Borges story.
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My philosophy is that a story arises from its setting. A setting is crucial to characterization, especially in a cultural and regional context.
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