The setting is where your story takes place. It’s more than the town, city, state, country in which your characters exist. It is where they take action. That place has several elements to it. In my novel Suzanna, the first in a trilogy, the story begins in a village at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristro Mountains in northern New Mexico, a unique environment in relative isolation with a small population, all of who know one another’s story. They gossip, talk politics, share good and negative feelings; but it is much more than that. Suzanna, her grandparents, the villagers live with the weather, drought, rain, wind, sun. They have certain beliefs about witchcraft, their history, the stars, the flower and fauna. All this, and more, goes in creating the setting.
One way to sharpen your writing skill is to read. Read writers whose style, or stories, you like. Read books in the genre in which you want to write and publish. For example if you want to know about setting, how to write about where your story takes place, read the first two chapters of my latest novel, Poor People’s Flowers.
Keep your action sentences short. In fact, avoid long paragraphs. Readers don’t want to read long paragraphs.
In order to hook readers into story, begin your story with action. Below are two sentences from the opening of my novel, Poor People’s Flowers:
Suzanna ran fast. Twice she ran away from men. Both times she ran until her throat and chest hurt.
The most important and underrated factor in a writer’s success is discipline. Talent and luck always help, but having a consistent writing practice is often the difference between aspiring writers and published writers. From: Poets & Writers Writing Prompts.