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Post  Shahira on Thu May 19, 2011 12:48 pm

Do you make up fictional towns where your story is set? & are these towns based on a real place? Or do you actually use a real place, name & all?
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Re: What's your setting?

Post  Stephen on Thu May 19, 2011 2:21 pm

I have to invent cities because a big piece of the story I am writing is in parallel worlds Smile
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Post  Sarah on Thu May 19, 2011 4:39 pm

In my last novel everywhere the characters went was based on real places. I'd never been to any of the places but I knew names, I looked a pictures, and I even knew what roads they would take to go from place to place. The sequel to that one was mainly set in a made up town but I never mentioned the name (I thought that might throw readers after everything was based in real places) so it all depends on the story and if a real place is necessary for it.
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Post  Amanda on Thu May 19, 2011 7:23 pm

Hahaha...I write fantasy, so, everything is made up. But when I write my urban fantasy-type deal thing, it will be set in an alternate big city that might exist someplace, but doesn't, like Gotham or Metropolis. Smile
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Post  Maggie on Thu May 19, 2011 8:02 pm

Ohhhh by far fictional! One of my favorite, favorite, FAVORITE parts of writing is the world building and making up my own place! It'll be a stretch when I finally base a story somewhere in the real world. Actually, I have already. I had a whole story set in Washington state once... and I researched all about the streets and picked homes on Google Earth and even located the nearest schools so I could be accurate for my MCs.

But usually, fictional. Smile

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Re: What's your setting?

Post  Constance on Thu May 19, 2011 9:41 pm

Hm. Actually, I usually use real places.

One of my story ideas actually revolves around Texas towns––you non-Texans might not realize this, but if it's somewhere else, there's a good chance it's in Texas, too.

That one will definitely be set in real places, names and all. Razz
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Post  Shahira on Thu May 19, 2011 11:53 pm

@Stephen Parallel worlds? That sounds awesome! I bet it's fun making up cities for your novel. :]

@Sarah & Lizzy I think knowing those little details about the actual town your novel is placed in is really important. It makes the story that much more credible for the reader. :] But fictional towns are SO much fun to write. I totally agree, Lizzy.

@Amanda I've never written fantasy but I bet the setting is simply endless. Sounds like so much fun. :]

@Constance One of my towns is also based on a city in Texas. I used a fictional name but it's got the characteristics of where I'm currently living. The other town I use is based on Albuquerque, NM (where I grew up) but the name is just changed. :]
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Post  Constance on Fri May 20, 2011 1:04 am

@Shahira: Sweet. Smile So you just change the name? Interesting... I never really thought about doing that.
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Post  Maggie on Fri May 20, 2011 10:04 am

*agrees with Constance* That's cooool, Shahira!

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Post  Stephen on Fri May 20, 2011 2:26 pm

Shahira wrote:@Stephen Parallel worlds? That sounds awesome! I bet it's fun making up cities for your novel. :]

@Sarah & Lizzy I think knowing those little details about the actual town your novel is placed in is really important. It makes the story that much more credible for the reader. :] But fictional towns are SO much fun to write. I totally agree, Lizzy.

@Amanda I've never written fantasy but I bet the setting is simply endless. Sounds like so much fun. :]

@Constance One of my towns is also based on a city in Texas. I used a fictional name but it's got the characteristics of where I'm currently living. The other town I use is based on Albuquerque, NM (where I grew up) but the name is just changed. :]

yes and no because it isn't always easy to find the names the history and the layout of a city without there being at least an opposition lol
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Post  Shahira on Sat May 21, 2011 10:23 pm

@Constance & Lizzy It just makes it easier for me because I don't want to write about an actual place..but I want the characteristics to be credible. If that makes any sense? Very Happy

@Stephen That sounds really tough. :/ Must take a lot of research. Shocked
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Post  Constance on Sat May 21, 2011 11:36 pm

@Shahira Yes! That makes sense. I wasn't saying your way was bad. Just interesting.
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Re: What's your setting?

Post  Shahira on Sat May 21, 2011 11:53 pm

Constance wrote:@Shahira Yes! That makes sense. I wasn't saying your way was bad. Just interesting.
Oh, no. I know you weren't saying it was bad. :] I assumed you guys did the same thing lol.
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Post  Stephen on Sun May 22, 2011 9:12 am

Shahira wrote:@Constance & Lizzy It just makes it easier for me because I don't want to write about an actual place..but I want the characteristics to be credible. If that makes any sense? Very Happy

@Stephen That sounds really tough. :/ Must take a lot of research. Shocked

yes it does Smile
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Post  Maggie on Sun May 22, 2011 10:30 am

Makes total sense, Shahira!

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Re: What's your setting?

Post  Shahira on Sun May 22, 2011 10:36 am

@Stephen Good luck!

@Lizzy I'm glad it makes sense. Very Happy
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Re: What's your setting?

Post  Mayaah on Sun May 22, 2011 2:02 pm

I usually make up my own setting, just because I get to adjust places to suit the story. It's easier that way.
However I've set some of my stories in San Francisco and Ottawa before and that was a lot of research.
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Re: What's your setting?

Post  André on Sun May 22, 2011 2:11 pm

I set my stories wherever the stories need to be set. XD Really, I always come up with the story and characters first, and there's only ever one sort of place that would work for each story. Usually I end up writing fantasy or far in the future, but one project is an alternate 17th century (like...extremely alternate, but it still requires a ton of research), and I have a whole bunch of ideas that would have to be set in our world, present-time. I think those might require almost as much research as my 17th century idea, so I'm not sure if I'll ever get around to writing them. I hate research. XD But if the stories don't stop growing in my brain, they'll probably get written eventually.
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Re: What's your setting?

Post  Shahira on Sun May 22, 2011 8:39 pm

@Maya Yeah, I bet it takes lots of research. But since I'm a lazy writer, that never happens for me..lol.

@Andre That's awesome that you write in such different eras. I bet it takes a whole lot of research. Shocked
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