Setting is all about the time period and location, so they are completely intertwined when writing your story. If you are making the story set during a specific historical time period, in order for the reader to fully buy into the story, you have to do the research. What were people wearing at the time? What kind of music was popular? How were people of different races and backgrounds treated? What kind of architecture existed? How did people get from place to place? Research for writers is dramatically easier than it used to be because there are practically no limits of online resources. That is not to say it isn’t time consuming, so if you are torn between playing video games or doing some research for your story when trying to create a more authentic setting—you can take a break and challenge me to an online game of Asteroids or Pong!