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EXCERPT from "Set in History" by M. A. Mogus in Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction
An historical setting is not just the time period, it is the context in which your story develops. It consists of descriptions of physical surroundings, life-ways/customs and culture, dominant modes of thoughts and beliefs, clothing, food, artifacts, as well as all other things that make the time period come alive for your reader. The setting is an important factor for it influences the mood of the story and often places subtle constraints on character behavior, plot, and pacing. You must know your historical period and locale well enough to develop your story within the historical setting that you choose.
M. A. Mogus taught physics at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. She does research and freelance writing in a number of areas and genres. She has authored several interactive murder mystery plays that have been performed as fund raisers. Her second book The Lethe Gene was released in 2009. Her short story "Finders Keepers" appeared in the 2010 Loyalhanna Review.