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[*] posted on 7-10-2011 at 09:25 AM
Locations, locations


I wanted to know:

Where have you set your novel? Somewhere close to where you live/have lived or further away?

They say, 'write what you know', but is it really necessary, and if not, how much research might one be expected to do?

My novel is set in Japan, a place I've obsessed about for a long time. I've been there to verify my observations, so hopefully that's enough for me to write on.

Fantasy writers have it easy in that respect--they don't need to keep checking whether their world sounds realistic or not!




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[*] posted on 7-10-2011 at 09:37 AM


Lets see very few of my novels are based close to home my NaNo was based in Wales, my JulNo was based in Germany and various other parts of Europe, this years JulNo was based in New York the one place i've been to so far. I have a sub story written in my home town but that's not something i need to get into



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[*] posted on 7-10-2011 at 09:42 AM


My current is based in the Washington DC area as well as Boulder County. The latter is where I live right now. I've lived in 8 different states during 10 different moves, so I know the many parts of this country well enough to write about basically anywhere (except Alaska...) in this country. My NaNo was located in Colorado Springs, a little south from where I live, and ended up heading all the way to Dallas, Texas. A non-wrimo story I've written begins in the mountains of the United States. Another one in a place somewhere in the northern part of the country that's fictional but completely reasonable to suppose its existance.


In short, I write in the United States, since that's what I know. But, I know of pretty much all of the areas in the country well enough to write about them. I suggest actually visiting a place you plan on writing about.




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[*] posted on 7-11-2011 at 02:39 AM


My novel is based in London, England and though I've only visited once I tend to keep the novel in the places I visited. Actually, I kept a very nice journal while I was there and even pull from it when I want to get a feeling about a place across. It's been very useful for me especially when I want to explain some quirky things about my character's personality.

For instance, Adagio catches a pigeon which leads to her meeting Dorian. I happen to own chickens, so talking about birds is not too hard for me, but while in London I learned that the pigeons there are FEARLESS. They rarely fly away from anything haha.

So, yes, I think it is best to write about things you know, or if you don't know that much about it talk to someone who lives there.







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[*] posted on 7-11-2011 at 07:13 PM


So far I've been pretty generic in my fiction, as I'm not sure where I really want to base mine, so far there really hasn't been any location besides an apartment and the corporate offices. Really, there isn't much happening out in the outside world for my characters to take note of yet.

But, I'm only 3 chapters in, so...




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[*] posted on 7-19-2011 at 09:35 AM


Salt Cliff, my JulNo story, is set in a village near Dover, UK. Before I started writing, I did a bit of research about the general area, how the landscape looks like and what the white cliffs are like because they play a somewhat important role, so I feel I'm at least a little bit prepared. I'll have to do more research during the editing process though (trees, wild animals etc.).

I never did much research before, so my earliest (longer) story is set in Tokyo, there's one where the MCs switch places and I guess they're traveling around Germany or something like that, and then there's one set in ... I don't know. Probably Germany or Austria, somewhere with a lot of fields and nature. (Seems I tend to forget to name the places I write about.)




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