I have no formal training in creative writing and have no clue whether I will be able to finish a story but I am enthused by an idea and would like to give it a shot. My questions relate more to the "rules of the game". For example, can I start a novel (first paragraph) in the first person narrative and then have the 2nd paragraph in the third person narrative or is it advisable to stick to one or the other. Is there anywhere I can learn about grammatical do's and don'ts? Secondly, if I set my book in a different country, as it's a fictional novel, can I just make things up about the place or does it have to be factual to a tee? i.e. I am English writing about Hong Kong, is this crazy? I am obviously doing research via the internet which gives lots of information but it's difficult to find out really precise local knowledge.