Creating a fictional place within an actual city?

Asked by: Sarah Mitchell

Can I write a fictional story about a real place?

Combining real-life experiences from different parts of your life can be a great way to create a new and successful fictional narrative. Real events have emotional resonance for writers, and combining separate stories into one is a great way of recontextualizing details and crafting a compelling narrative.

How do you create a fictional town?

Consider the landmarks and location of your city and create a name that incorporates that. Find root words in Latin or Greek or other languages specific to your book’s culture and derive a name from them. Consider the town’s history and maybe create a name from its founding members or specific mythology.

How is the fictional city different from real life cities?

A fictional city leaves the author unburdened by the restraints of a city’s actual history, politics, culture and can allow for a greater scope in plot construction and also avoid vilifying any actual group of people.

What should a fictional town include?

Learn how you can create a fictional town or city that will convince your readers they are visiting a real place.

  1. Find a name for your town or city. …
  2. Draw a map of your town or city. …
  3. Populate your fictional town with people that give the town character.

Do you need permission to write about a place?

You do not need permission to include song titles, movie titles, TV show titles—any kind of title—in your work. You can also include the names of places, things, events, and people in your work without asking permission.

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Can you get sued for writing fiction?

Using real people in your fiction—whether they are correctly named or not—can be legally hazardous. If an author includes enough details that a specific fictional character is identifiable as an actual person, that person could possibly pursue legal action.

How do you describe a city in a story?

How to describe a place:

  • Describe place through characters’ senses.
  • Include time period in description.
  • Include small-scale changes in time.
  • Show how characters feel about your setting.
  • Keep setting description relevant to the story.
  • List adjectives to describe your story locations.