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    Discussion in 'Setting Development' started by John Carlo, Dec 29, 2010.

    So let me hear your thoughts. I'm contemplating writing an entire novel without naming the town or state it's taking place in. All of the specific setting pieces will be described in detail. For example, if the the characters are at a gym or church, and so forth. But the broader setting will not. Is this a bad idea?
     
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    This has been done in many novels/stories before, so there's nothing wrong with taking this approach.
     
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    No Issues with doing that
     
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    That would be fine. :]
     
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    As said by others. You don't need to name the city/town. You don't even need to name the state/province or what country its set in. You can give a fake name of a city or town, you can place it in a real town or city. Hell you can invent a 51st state if you so wanted and place your story there.

    But naming the city/town is completely up to you. Most of the time I rarely notice or take note of what the city/town is called. Unless it so happens to take place in South Dakota. Which doesn't happen to often.
     
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    Really, don't worry about that
     
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    hey, i'm from South Dakota :D
     
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    it's done all the time...
     
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    I'm very sorry about that... ;) (btw, a good friend of mine is from Britton...)

    To the point of the thread; I can't see any reason to mention location specifics unless it's important to the story. What I'm writing at the moment, I hadn't even given it a thought as to detail location. It's just not important and would be silly and seem awkward to even detail in the story.

    Location specifics are relevant if your story calls for it.
     

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