Where are your stories set?

This might seem a little redundant to say, but when I write high fantasy, I’m writing about a fictional place. However, I didn’t just make it up out of nowhere. I roughly based the continent in Kiss of The Fey on America’s geography. I imagine the north being Canada, the south being Florida, and I base the weather and the seasons accordingly based on where the story fell between those. It’s a lot easier that way, rather than making up all the geographical features, the weather, the seasons, and distances from one city to another.

When writing anything else, I tend to write a pretend, vague version of a real location. I live north of Pittsburgh, so I tend to write stories based in Pennsylvania. I don’t flat out say the town that it takes place in, but I describe it as a rural area north of Pittsburgh and make up schools and mom and pop-type hangout spots. I don’t see the point of setting a book in a location you know nothing about just to make it seem shiny unless it’s relevant to the plot.

Where do you write your books? I’m interested in knowing how you do about creating the setting to your story?

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2 thoughts on “Where are your stories set?

  1. I based mine using world geography as well, at least for the first couple of drafts until every else is developed and then I’ll look at the world more closely and decide if I want to change the setting.

    Odd way of doing things but touch wood it will work! Great post!

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  2. I guess mine just come from the story; some I make up completely. One story has gladiators, so the country is based on the Roman Empire. Another, I’ve just been making up geographical features as I need them for the story lol.

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