“ ‘Architects have to know everything there is to know about a space. You have to know its past and its present. That way you can build its future.’ [Kyung-sook Shin] Writers are the architects of story. Just as a room in a building remains unoccupied until a structure is fully established, characters cannot securely occupy a story before the author understands everything about its space. Even if setting, in the end, winds up deconstructed on the page, place and time are the building blocks to all the other elements. If a reader looks deep enough, the foundation remains, often presented as little winks to the readers who journey to a non-fantastical place.”

~Noah Lederman

 

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