Where do you draw the line between real and imaginary locations? (UK based) I’m writing a story about an Englishman from his birth in Stockport (near Manchester), just before WW2, up to him being 48 and happily living in Kendal (a market town in the Lake District). The plot leans heavily, and in equal amounts, on his time living in a small coastal, and very historical, Scottish village (from age 3 to 18), and his time living in Kendall (age 26 to 48). For good reasons (I think) I want to keep the Scottish village, with its castle, maze, lime kiln, fishermen and view of Ailsa Craig, as real as possible. Perhaps because I’d have a hard time creating such a place . Only the house of his great aunt needs to be imaginary. But equally for good reasons (I think) I’ve changed Kendal into an imaginary market town. It gives me more flexibility with plots, both in this book and any follow ups, as much as anything else. And I wouldn’t want readers who know Kendall to be playing ‘spot the error’. I’m wondering if by varying the differentiation between real and imagined locations, one might course any problems for the reader. Or if there are any known pitfalls related to this. The same thought might equally apply I guess to events. The Christmas bombing of Stockport in 1940 I describe with a great deal of historical accuracy. The storm that battered the Ayrshire coastline, killing many, is entirely imaginary. Although I’m more comfortable with that. I’d welcome any thoughts.