The primary setting of my novel is a fictional town in northern Minnesota. However, the character travels to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul (population about 3 million), and then there is some action in the opposite direction to North Dakota to Fargo, which is also a relatively large town (100,000), but then I have some things taking place in an even smaller place (population about 3000). I am thinking about just making up a town rather than using the name of an actual town because I am making up a restaurant, grocery store where a character works, etc. How important is it to have actual towns vs fictional towns--guess I'm struggling with the mix of fictional towns vs actual towns I now have in this novel. Pretty much the parameter I have is that I have used real cities, but when it comes to small towns or venues like restaurants/bars in the cities, I am making them up. What have others done? BTW, I am just finishing reading a novel by a Minnesota author ("The Life We Bury," Allen Eskens, published 2014) which takes place largely in Minneapolis/St.Paul, but also in several small towns around Minnesota and he uses all real town names, but seems to make up names of all the bars and restaurants, etc.