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swordfighter June 18, 2012 - 9:27am

hi all
the action is in Nevada I have use Carson city and Reno as location in the story but my main location is fictional and  i need a business  that does not excess there. I'm placing the business  in a real part of Carson city on a real highway. it's on open ground where they my have but the business if there was one. How far can I go with Fictional places in a real place or and a fictional town in a real state with othere real citys and towns around it.

thanks
Robert
 

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like June 18, 2012 - 9:38am

If I understand the question, you can do whatever you want so long as it's fiction.  Da Vinci Code changed the geography of one of the world's most famous cities and nobody complained (about that, anyway,) Faulkner invented a county, etc.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 18, 2012 - 10:25am

King has fictionalized Maine so much I'm not even sure it really is an actual state.

Do whatcha want.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. June 18, 2012 - 10:34am

It's YOUR city now.  You own it and can do anything you want with it.  It's like Sim City.  You're the one who builds the roads and the parks.  Everything is up to you.  

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swordfighter June 18, 2012 - 11:56am

thanks everyone

I just did want to get land basted from someone that lives there, saying  there no business like that there.and throw the book down and not read it..

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind June 18, 2012 - 1:03pm

Nah, anyone who would throw a book down because something like that should have no business reading a piece of fiction. Don't stress out about it -- readers generally know that the Nevada that exists in reality is separate from the Nevada that exists in a writer's head. 

The main thing to do is make sure the business that exists in your fictional Nevada fits with the region. People will accept that you have a business in that area, but only if you make sure the two are seamless. Think of it like photo doctoring -- you're putting someone in a photo that wasn't in the photo when the shot was taken. 

Good luck!

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 20, 2012 - 4:49am

If you really want to own it just go left from page one. Have someone drive by the world's largest ball of yarn or something. Show that it's your Reno, not our Reno.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer June 20, 2012 - 5:21am

I think I would be more interested in Maine if Castle Rock actually existed.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 20, 2012 - 5:31am

Well, I assume it did, but you know, it blew up in Needful Things. If I can just pin down Dark Score Lake...

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer June 20, 2012 - 5:44am

Maybe it is near Innsmouth.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 20, 2012 - 6:02am

ROAD TRIP!

Who's with me? 

 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 20, 2012 - 7:05am

Chip, I take your silence as a yes. 

Not that you have things to do in life and didn't see this. 

I'll start making non-refundable plans. 

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer June 20, 2012 - 7:14am

I will totally go on a road trip to Innsmouth, Castle Rock, and Dark Score Lake. But if the Chutulu starts coming out of the sea, I am tripping you. Take one for the team.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 20, 2012 - 7:18am

I'm cool with that.  I'm pretty clumsy, so if you play it cool, I'll just think it was my own fault. 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig June 20, 2012 - 8:31am

I'll meet you there after you find the ruins of Castle Rock. I want to pay my respects to Thad Beaumont.

 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 20, 2012 - 8:36am

Making me and Chip do all the work, huh?  I'll haunt you after I die on the trip.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig June 20, 2012 - 8:37am

Great! I'll write a book about it!

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 20, 2012 - 8:41am

Win/Win

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer June 20, 2012 - 9:22am

I'll sue for the depiction of me pushing avery down in front of the Chutulu, get a huge settlement on the movie rights, and lose half of it in divorce from a twenty year-old super model who I thought understood me.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 20, 2012 - 9:23am

This is possibly the best plan we've come up with. 

 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig June 20, 2012 - 9:50am

No, I'm just writing a book about Avery haunting me. I am going to title it "I Should Have Gone To Castle Rock" and it will focus on my guilt and regret, punctuated and exacerbated by Avery's face appearing in every reflective surface saying "You should have gone to Castle Rock."

 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 21, 2012 - 6:07am

I think he was just a demon.  But Randall Flagg is not the devil either.  Just a super badass all around bad dude (with demon qualities). 

But that's just my take on it.  Since in the King Universe the earth was created by a turtle...so...

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig June 21, 2012 - 9:43am

Well, Flagg served the Crimson King, so he couldn't be the devil, or he wouldn't be serving some other big bad guy. He was just an extreme baddy. And there are Universes within Universes. Not all of them feature the same creation story or the same bad guys, although Flagg does find his way in a lot.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 21, 2012 - 9:50am

I have actual books about the King Universe. 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig June 21, 2012 - 11:40am

I've managed to avoid that level of fandom. Although I may have just bypassed it, because I geek out in totally different, more time consuming and expensive ways.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner June 21, 2012 - 11:41am

Cheese. 

 

 

 

 

That had nothing to do with the thread. I just wanted to see my face in it. 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig June 21, 2012 - 11:50am

Face in the cheese?

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner June 21, 2012 - 11:51am

Something like that

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig June 21, 2012 - 7:55pm

Man, this guy REALLY loves Utah.