Hi, This is my second post here in these forums. Again, I hope that my actions have not provoked a barrage of "tutting" from you all here. And yes, I do know where the search function is. Sorry if I have misjudged you all. I've met with so many unfriendly forums in the past. Rest assured, I have searched and yet am still in need of help. I live Japan. I have been here for seven years and will probably be here for seven more. Everybody says, "wow, you could write so much about or set in Japan!". I tend to just play along, but what I really want to say is, "NO! NO I CAN'T!" I find myself affraid to choose real settings for my writing. I guess it's that I worry about exposing my fiction to the realism of a real setting. I like Science Fiction, so real settings scare me more. Gawd, I dribble in fear at trying to speculate how a city today would look in a dystopian future where sentient Energiser Bunnies, through gift of their unmatched staying power, have managed to conquer the world. I guess there'd be more pink, and lights. SO, to cut a long story short: what do you all do/think about choosing real settings and how do you deal (or do you even NEED to deal) with the nitty-gritty realism and detail that makes a reader say, "wow, he's really been there!"? I just don't know what it is, but trying to choose a real locale gives me a knot in my stomach. My characters can't wander vague, "could be anywhere" scenery forever ... can they?