Making up yor own town?
Question: When making up a town what must you include? My book includes mythical creatures. I want my town to come alive like J.K Rowling did in harry potter. But I'm just getting frustrated in the process. I've searched the internet and my local library with no luck. Or I did find something but I didn't find what I needed to know. So when coming up with a town can it be anywhere? Since my book has some fantasy in it. What should it include? How to get it from your head onto paper? Are there any rules when making up a fantasy/magical town? Hope that's not to many questions. Thank you.Answer:
There is nothing you "must" include. But there are things you will want to include to make your setting come alive for the reader.
Obviously, as your characters go about their activities in this fictional town, they are going to be perceiving many aspects of it. It is the details that make the town come alive for the reader. So you will want to do some planning, particularly if this is a fantasy book.
You might start by creating a list of questions someone might ask about your town. Then brainstorm answers. If a town is inhabited by mythical creatures, how will that affect its layout, architecture, businesses, etc.?
The second quality that makes settings believable is consistency. For instance, if you say in Chapter 1 that the bank is two miles from the post office, and in Chapter 20 they are side-by-side, that would destroy the believability of the setting. Many authors will draw maps of a fictional town to help them keep the details straight. This also important in that it affects what characters can do, how long it will take them to do things, etc.
And yes, you can put the town wherever you like that makes sense for your story, even on another planet or in another dimension if you like (that's the power of fantasy).