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Generally this is fine, but be consistent. If you are generally meticulous about real life location and then, out of a sudden, start taking liberties with your writing, then some people who are very familiar with this location may not appreciate that. On the other hand, if your writing is not very precise from the start, for example, you may very accurately ...


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I mean, why not? It easy to get carried away by the story and if a geographical feature disrupts your storyline, replace it with your own. For example, in Cassandra Clare's book (City of Glass) "Idris is located in Central Europe, between Germany, France, and Switzerland. Because of the wardings placed around the country and all of its borders, mundanes ...


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Struggling to pass as a gender that does not match one’s birth sex is a problem that real people face. The key for you is to research what that experience is like. Then, do it justice. The most helpful keyword for your research is “transgender” or another closely related term such as “gender nonconforming”, “non-binary” or “gender expansive”. (It doesn’t ...


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I'm delighted that you thought my question was inspiring so here my answer: Impossible is a challenge that you need to break. You could skip the formality and go right ahead for your main character to request private space from others. The main thing that you need for your plot was to know, does he like being known as a girl or a boy? If he wants to be a ...


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As this is clearly fictional, there shouldn't be any issue with a depiction of a real fast food company, so long as you're not using any trademark imagery in your work (Names are fine because it's a name. McDonald's can't really copyright their own name, but they can get you on any stylization of it, such as the "Golden Arches"). At this level, ...


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Avoiding Hot Water: Sonic and Taco John's are actually more wide-spread, but I get the point. People in the region are likely to get oblique references (Mount Rose MN vs. Rosemount MN in the movie Drop Dead Gorgeous) while people outside the area are unlikely to get the reference at all unless they Google it (if you saw the movie, did you know there was a ...


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