Writing about real places in fiction

I also take lots of photographs and refer to these to help me describe places accurately. I once wrote a series of five romances set in Crested Butte, Colorado. If it's a choice between writing a book and doing nothing I will always choose the latter.

Esther Freud 1 Cut out the metaphors and similes.

Writing About Real Places in Fiction

By basing my fictional town on a real place, I ground the story in reality, but have the freedom to make up things as needed. First, we have a house in Ridgway and hope to live there full-time when my husband retires.

Nevertheless, it can behave with remarkable generosity. I once noticed Mary McCarthy ending a line of dialogue with "she asseverated" and had to stop reading and go to the dictionary. You may want to check out this article that delves into the ethical issues a bit more My characters, plot, etc.

But if the pencil breaks, you can't sharpen it on the plane, because you can't take knives with you. The biggest regret of my writing life is that I have never kept a journal or a diary. You can describe actual places, but give them new names.

Using Real People/Places/Events in Fiction

It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style. Find a place to stand. I could have set my books in one of the real towns, but I chose not to for a few reasons.

Using real people is trickier, because they can have descendants. The thing that annoys this weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. But a novel is by definition fiction, an artfully contrived blend of plot, setting and characters.

Lawyers turn their hands to courtroom dramas. Writing a book set in a real town makes research easy, and it gives you an interesting marketing hook. People like to read about places they know. A real-life setting for your story anchors your fiction in reality, and adds another dimension to your story.

Answer. This question is difficult to answer without knowing the context (for instance, what you plan to say about these real life places or works) or whether this is a work of fiction or nonfiction. Ten rules for writing fiction Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray.

2 Don't write in public places.

Ten rules for writing fiction

In the. “The novel I’m currently writing, Impact, takes place on the real coast of Maine in a real place called Muscongus Bay—but I’ve added a few islands that don’t exist, some currents that aren’t present; I moved a reef about 40 miles northwest and shifted an old radar installation from Cutler, Maine, down to Muscongus Bay.

Likewise, the new Iron and Blood steampunk series my husband, Larry N. Martin, and I are co-writing is set in an alternative history Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

So we’ve gotten very interested in the issues around how to use real people and places in fiction. Of course, the “shelf appeal” of real settings only works for famous places, like Manhattan, Mumbai or a cruise boat on the Nile.

Choose a lesser-known real setting for your novel and 99% of your audience won’t have heard of it anyway.

Writing about real places in fiction
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The Writers' Lens: Using Real People and Places in Fiction