Last week, I wrote a list of questions that can help you determine the setting of your novel. One of the first questions was do you want a real or fictional setting.
There are good reasons to go with either option as well as negatives for each one. So how do you choose which one is best?
Every situation, every story is different and will have different setting demands. Some stories only work in a fictional setting (think Lord of the Rings, the Wizard of Oz, Star Wars). And some benefit from real-world settings. And then there are some – such as romance – that could work in either location.
Here are some of the pros and cons of using fictional and real settings.
- You get to create a whole new city/country/world. Everything is the way you want it. You pick customs, government, the local…
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