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    Real place names?

    I'm working on editing a draft of a novel I have set mostly in my old home town.

    From the setting on northern Vancouver Island on Canada's West coast, it is obvious from my description of the town and neighbouring towns where it is.

    I intend to change the name of the main town, but I was wondering if I should change all the others too, or should I just risk it and use the real place names.

    Right now Port Hardy has been changed to Nelson Bay, but I kept Alert bay, Port McNeill and Holberg as real names.

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    It's up to you. But if it was fiction, I'd rather swapping the names with something else that have sort of relevancy to the original.

    Let's say: Alert Bay (I don't know the history behind the name btw) becomes Wary Bay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Rotten View Post
    What benefit is there to changing the names?

    I'm modeling some of my characters roughly on people in these same places, some of whom are still living, so in order to create some distance from the real thing, I was wondering if I should alter the names and possibly even the location.
    Last edited by MichelD; July 14th, 2019 at 06:19 PM.

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    Something to look into would be if any of these places had former names you could use instead.
    K.S. Crooks- Dreamer and Author

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    Keep in mind that when you change the venue, you lose the hometown advantage.
    You can sell a sell a book locally if it is written by a local author, or set in that town.

    Either way works tho.
    I prefer to keep the city name, and change the names of the players.
    It all goes to "Write what you know."

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    It shouldn't effect your story too much either way, but if your story's plot is grounded in realism especially, or the town it's set in has a fair bit of impact on your plot then it would probably help you to keep the actual town name. The best scenario I could think of to provide you a reason to keep it is if it helps you connect to feelings and experiences you had and keeps you inspired.

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