How to Create Your Own Fake Town

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.

Scott Tracey - Young Adult Writer

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.ptaerial

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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#Writing Your Book–Getting Started

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This is wonderful advice that can save a lot of time and headache.

The Daily Practice

I’ve been asked a lot lately about how to get started writing a book. Writing a book may seem to be mystical and magical, but there’s actually a process, or can be. These are some tips I offer to writers who are having trouble getting started.

Decide Why You Are Writing

Are you writing a romance novel, an autobiography or a how-to book? It is important for you to know your ultimate writing goal. Do you only intend to write short ebooks on some technical skill? Is your full-length book intended to be part of a series of books? If you are writing in the personal development genre, do you intend to build a business around your book? It is important to know these things because they could have an impact on the content of your book, It doesn’t hurt to spend some time studying your particular genre. If you are writing romance, it…

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#A-Z Challenge: C is for Characterisation

Another wonderful post!  Thanks for the tips.

Alison Williams Writing

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For the A-Z challenge, I am posting writing and editing tips to help you improve and enhance your writing.

C is for Characterisation


Characters can drive a novel. Their problems, crises and development can bring a reader in, enthrall, excite and even inspire. The conflicts and dilemmas your characters face, their feelings, thoughts and actions should be at the heart of your novel. So how do you create a character your readers will want to follow?

  • You don’t have to like your characters. Your readers don’t need to feel sympathetic or to relate to them. There are plenty of fascinating anti-heroes out there. What matters is that your readers are drawn into the world of your character. Get inside your character’s head, and let your reader in there too.
  • Know your character. What drives them? What do they want? What do they need? What do they like? What do they…

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What’s in a Name?

Very nice post Kelsie!

Awhile ago, I made a list of a bunch of names so that in a crunch  (or when my mind goes blank 🙂 ) I could stick in a name for a character.  When I made the list I kept a few things in mind – ethnicity and meaning, commonality of the name in today’s society, and uniqueness.  Depending on what the story is about determines what name I’ll plug in.

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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

-William Shakespeare

How do you name your characters? 

Is it with as much care as you would name your child?

  • Some cultures believe that the name of a child will impact the person that they will become.
  • Some cultures do not name a child until they show some personality trait, and then choose a name that reflects that.
  • Some cultures rename individuals throughout their lives, with a name that is most fitting for that character.
  • Some name their children after the parents or a family name.
  • Some are named after favorite saints or gods and goddesses.
  • Some cultures name according to birth order.
  • Some give two or three names, utilizing one or two or three of the above customs.
  • Surnames were often given to reflect a person’s profession: John the Baker=John Baker.


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Thoughts on Writing – How Studying Movie Scenes Can Help With Writing Book Scenes

Get out of my head! Lol.  I kid you not, I thought about this very topic not long before seeing this post.

I was watching a couple of movies on Hallmark and the Up channels and thought about the transition between scenes, the character interactions, body language – the whole nine.  You took it a step further in analyzing how the scenes are being filmed.  Very impressive!  I’ll have to pay more attention to this in the future.

Thanks for pointing this out.

Stephanie Flint - Author and Artist

I’ve been thinking about how movies pace their scenes and use various shots to draw a viewer in. This started after watching an episode of Film Theorists (they’re a Youtube Channel): which talked about where some of the common elements of movies got their beginnings.

We can learn a lot about writing scenes in a book by studying the methods used in film. I’m mostly going to take a look at three primary shots used in movies and TV shows: the wide shot, the medium shot, and the close-up. There are several others, though, which can also be incorporated.

For today’s examples, I’m mostly going to be talking about dinosaurs. I recently made some edits to the Multiverse Chronicles story my husband and I are working on (Dragons and dinosaurs and dirigibles, oh my!) And since we watched Jurassic World a week or two ago, that movie is still on my…

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Writing and Love, it’s About Control

Truer words have never been spoken, Millie.  Many writers, and I do this as well sometimes, attempt to control the character because we have a set agenda on where the story should go.  But like reality, situations and lives can move in directions that we never expect.

Anne R. Allen’s Blog: 25 Must-Read Tips on Plotting from Top Authors and Editors

I love Anne R. Allen’s blog.  She provides a wealth of information helpful to writers and bloggers.  If you haven’t checked her out, stop what you’re doing and run right over. 🙂

This week’s tip comes from Anne R. Allen’s Blog: 25 Must-Read Tips on Plotting from Top Authors and Editors. These tips and quotes have been helpful for me while I write my first book.  What may have made sense in my head about moving from one scene to another or situation to another, it may not translate to the reader.