Using Fictional v. Real Places in a Novel

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A long view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the setting for “In His Corner.”

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? (more…)