Using Fictional v. Real Places in a Novel

Using Fictional v. Real Places in a Novel

In “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald introduced us to the fictional places East Egg and West Egg, which refer to Long Island, New York. In Anne Tyler’s “Accidental Tourist,” we are told straightaway that the setting is Baltimore, the author’s beloved hometown. Is it better to invent a location or use a real place in your novel?

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7 Classics that Belong to the Romance Genre: Why I Started Reading Romance Novels

7 Classics that Belong to the Romance Genre: Why I Started Reading Romance Novels

I didn’t start reading romance novels until a year ago. I’ve always preferred literary fiction and historical fiction. I also read the occasional thrillers and mysteries—think Lee Child and Tana French, respectively.

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Book Review: Love in the Time of a Great Hurricane

Book Review: Love in the Time of a Great Hurricane

I don’t know much about Galveston Island or Texas. But after reading The Promise by Ann Weisgarber, it’s almost as if I’ve been to Galveston—with the added bonus of being dramatically swept back in time.

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Debut Author Priscille Sibley’s Advice to Writers: Not so Fast

Debut Author Priscille Sibley’s Advice to Writers: Not so Fast

As the famous writing motto goes: Write what you know. Priscille Sibley, a neonatal intensive care nurse, certainly knows the subject matter of her debut novel, The Promise of Stardust.

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