According to Masterclass, the setting is the most important part of a historical fiction novel. It should take place during an authentic period in history and be set in a real historical place. For example, New York City during the Great Depression or Paris, France during World War II.Getting to setting in The Importance of Pawns – All about historical fiction
M. K. Tod has added to that description from her research. Setting includes: atmosphere, landscape, landscape of the person and internal landscape.
Simply put, it is the place where the scene occurs. It includes details such as timing (day, hour, year), mood invoked, historical aspect, details that reveal personality, and the actions that preceded it. Each scene must do this.
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