A quick survey

So, Newy is a contemporary YA, set in good old Columbus, Ohio. Here is the thing I am pondering. Right now, I have invented a High School and set it in an invented suburb on the West side. That’s about as specific as I get.

However, I am wondering if I should set the story in an actual suburb, and actual High School. The location really isn’t a big part of the story. I’m going for: every day American suburb.

So, what do you think? Real or invented?

BTW, in case the picture isn’t clear, this is supposed to be a typical high school hallway.


10 Responses to A quick survey

  1. Natalie says:

    Go real! It’s fun:) And then you can visit the place and get a great visual. Teachers don’t have to be the same, but using existing places can add such a richness to a book.

    Especially if you have fantastical elements, it grounds it in reality. People love reading stuff like that. Or at least I do.

  2. Kiersten says:

    See, I’d say go fictional. That way it looks exactly like you want it to!

  3. Natalie says:

    Oh man, looks like it’s up to you!

  4. Hmm, figures you two would be split.

    Well, I guess I’ll stick with fictional, since that’s how I started. Maybe I will make the school look exactly like the High School around here.

  5. Kiersten says:

    We just like to make your life difficult.

  6. Natalie says:

    Yeah, I’m the research geek. I already know which high school I’m setting Void at. Oh the ideas for that one. Can’t wait to get writing that one some time.

  7. And we can’t wait to read it. :)

  8. Natalie says:

    Alas, I have an extensive course in Victorian America before I can really get into Void. The magical realm that Coral is from is based on that time–right before the light bulb:) (Their towns are right next to ours, just invisible. Still working out kinks…)

    If I’m ever gonna get the description right, I’m gonna at least need to go over fashion, architecture, and furniture. The rest will be magic fun.

    As for the “modern part,” Fremont, CA. That sounds like a walk in the park research wise, heh.

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