I wonder if anyone else has the same hang-ups about setting their story on their doorstep. When I read other novels the places sound romantic and full of character; New Orleans, Los Angeles - even the little suburbs and areas of these places sound full of mystery, but when I do the same and talk of my own towns and cities it all sounds so silly. Manchester I can just about live with, as it's a major and vibrant city which has a similar ring to the other places I mentioned, but I feel oddly uncomfortable mentioning the little towns and districts on the outskirts. It somehow feels amateurish to be using these places as a setting. I know it's because I'm too familiar with them, but I find myself looking for alternative ways to introduce them, such as 'My home town...' Could it be, I wonder, that it makes my writing feel too much like an autobiography, heightened by my preference for a first-person narrative? I feel like reading (and writing, even to a larger extent) should offer escapism, but I don't feel I have the ability (or motivation for research) to write authentically about places I do not know.