"Thanks for the comment, it was pretty helpful =D
I think I'm actually going to venture into the 'imaginary place' territory, kind of like Newford. I love Charles de Lint! He's my favorite Canadian writer and a big influence on me."
"This is in response to your post on the Writers group wall (I didn't see a way to reply directly to that post, but I'm new to the Ning!)
Unless the setting is really important to the plot, the most important thing is going to be the story…"
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This is in response to your post on the Writers group wall (I didn't see a way to reply directly to that post, but I'm new to the Ning!)
Unless the setting is really important to the plot, the most important thing is going to be the story itself. That being said, here are a few tips for deciding on a setting:
If you're concerned about your lack of experience, then just set it in a city you know. I love stories that mention specific landmarks, and knowing that I could go there and stand right where the character would have stood, regardless of whether it's in my own country.
If you feel strongly about not setting the story in Canada, and you'd feel awkward just not saying where it is, make up a fictional town. Making up your own town, with its own neighborhoods and local businesses and quirks can be a lot of fun - see Charles De Lint's "Newford," a city in which he has set most of his books and short stories. And it's in Canada, too!