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Does a Fictional City Need a Specific Location? A Poll | #amwriting

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me post this over the weekend:

Or, you may have seen me post this on my Facebook page:

So, now that I’m deeply entrenched in creating this fictional city, I have a question for you as readers and/or writers.

If it’s made known that the city is in the United States—and perhaps a general geographic region given—does it matter to you as a reader if the state is never specified?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jorge Torres permalink
    Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:52 pm

    As an amateur writer, I think that a novel gets more interesting if the reader is able to know every little detail about the world you have created in your mind. In your case, it can be a real state or an invented one, but I think it’s better to specify it.

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  2. Saturday, June 2, 2018 12:41 pm

    I’m not in the US but I need to know where a story is happening. If the answer is Texas then my vision of the story is going to be way different than if the answer is Maine. The weather (opportunity for tornado or tidal storm or heatwave) the architecture and the culture will be so different in places a thousand miles apart that it seems crazy to try to create a generic “American city”. I like fictional places, but I like them tied to reality. “A small town in the Yorkshire Moors” works better for me than ” a small town in England.” Even better I like fictional quarters or buildings in real cities. Think the Friends version of NYC or the invented 221B Baker Street. Generic locations make me think the author can’t be bothered, or has never visited that country.


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