Planning a Novel: Setting

One of my favorite and most challenging parts of planning a novel is the setting.

So far I’ve created towns based/influenced by a real location. The current location I am basing my town off of is the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont. I was reading an article…think it was listing the beautiful places you’ve never heard of type of article…and instantly I knew I wanted to base my new novel in this area.

Along with choosing different names and body types I want my settings to be different, in a town that is not used a lot. I’m not sure what it is but lately I’ve been drawn to small town mysteries. Another reason I chose to base my town, Lander, in the Northeast Kingdom is because of the somewhat isolation of the area.

How do you chose your setting? Do you use real life influences or make up your own town?

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