But today it's different.
Your writing competes for attention not only with TV and movies, but with video games and the Internet. Readers want to get on with the story. As a writer you need to invest the reader in the world you've created not only with descriptions of the landscape, but with interesting characters as they move through the setting.
In other words, you need your setting to become part of the action of your characters.
Let me show you what I mean. Here's the opening of the novel I just wrote.
Angry lightning cut through dark, heavy clouds banked on the Targhee Mountains. Straddling the wood-splintered rodeo gate to chute number five, Josephine Powers glanced up at the turbulent sky. A deep rumble of thunder echoed through Swan Valley and reverberated over the ground.
So my writing tip today is weave setting in with the action of your characters.
What novels have you read lately that do a good job of making the setting more than a chunk of description, but actually part of the action?