Great questions to consider for creating new towns or using actual ones. For most of my works, the name of the towns/cities are fictional, but the history behind them is a collaboration of places I’ve lived or visited.
So one of the things I’m a fan of in novels is the “fake town.” Also known as the “fictional city,” the “imaginary inlet,” or the “hypothetical hot spot.” Or maybe I’m the only one who thinks of them like that? Ahem. Okay, moving on.
So what’s the point of crafting your own town to set the story in, versus using an established city. I think the main benefit is the ease with which you can write. If you use an established city, then you’re expected to do more research. But if you create your own town, you can just make it all up as you go. Now there are pros and cons to this.
The pros are obvious: you can build up the town however you like, and whatever’s going to make your job easier. It has whatever history you want it to have. Who cares if there’s not…
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