But setting is key and fundamental to most stories. Most stories are tied to the one certain place where the writer places it--whether it's a fantastical place or a real one. So how do you go about weaving this important thing--setting--into your story without boring the reader?
A few months ago I heard Gary D. Schmidt speak (here's the entire story), and he was asked about setting in his writing. The woman asking the question indicated that in Gary's stories, setting is more like a character than a place. I sat there--inhaling what that meant. Yes! This is what great writing does! In great writing setting isn't a thing or a place. Setting becomes someone.
Whew. Such a revelation. And it changed my writing. I have to love a place (adore it actually), I have to feel the place living inside me, and I have to be certain my story can only be told in this one place. If I have those things, setting breathes rather than sits, lives rather than bores, is someone rather than something.
How do you make setting a someone rather than a something?