sunshineboi94 asked: How important is location to a story? I’m asking about specific location, not setting. I know landscape, climate, and environment can all be important details but is it necessary to give an exact location to your story? Personally, I feel like it makes it less relatable, but I could benefit from some outside opinion. Also, if you are to give it a location does it have to be a real place? Not a fantasyland but a fake place such as Mayberry?

Figuring out your setting is a little frightening; it can often feel like you’re locking yourself into a decision. Location details are important as they often inform your plot and characters and create the story’s backdrop, so it’s worth it to explore this topic.

Whether or not you decide to use a “real place” (such as New York City) or a fictional place (such as Fictionville) is a complicated decision, so here are a few things to keep in mind.

First, let’s talk about the advantages of real locations.

Now that we’ve gone over some of the more general advantages to working with a real location, here are a few things to keep in mind while doing so:

Now that we’ve explored real settings in some depth, let’s take a look at fictional settings. First: why use one?

There are a few things to focus on while developing Fictionville:

Finally, some general remarks about writing any kind of setting.

And so, which one should you pick? Like always, there is no single, correct way to write something. Hopefully this article explained some of the advantages and requirements of either writing about a real place or a fictional one. At the end, the reader should not be able to tell.

Further Reading:

Favorite Books for Real Settings:

Favorite Books for Fictional Settings:

We appreciate the question; if you have any queries, comments, or concerns about this post or writing in general, please send us a message via our ask box!

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