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Using place names from other novels



Can I use names of real places in my novel?

Yes. You can make up places. Just make sure to indicate in the foreword that everything in your writing is purely a work of fiction, especially when you use the names of famous places. Otherwise, you might confuse readers – especially the young ones – if such a place exists.

Can you use names from other books?

Using someone’s name, image or life story as part of a novel, book, movie or other “expressive” work is protected by the First Amendment, even if the expressive work is sold or displayed. Therefore using a person’s life story as part of a book or movie will not be deemed a misappropriation of the Right of Publicity.

Should I use real places in my novel?





Writing a book set in a real town makes research easy, and it gives you an interesting marketing hook. People like to read about places they know. A real-life setting for your story anchors your fiction in reality, and adds another dimension to your story.

Can you use street names in books?

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Public things are available for free use. City names, streets, airport names, trains, etc… all can be part of a fiction novel.

Can you use real school names in a book?

But you should be sure to include a prominent disclaimer on the title page that it is a work of fiction and any resemblances are entirely coincidental. (You may be subject to invasion of privacy lawsuits if someone can demonstrate that you based it on a real event at that school).

Can fictional places be copyrighted?

Fictional characters can be protected separately from their underlying works as derivative copyrights, provided that they are sufficiently unique and distinctive.



Can you use real companies in books?



Short answer: Yes. Now and then, a writer or editor asks our online Q&A whether mentioning a brand name in a work of fiction requires permission or the addition of the trademark (™) or registered (®) symbol.

How do you name a city in a book?

An Author and Editor’s Tips for Naming Places



This will lead to a more cohesive story. Think about how vital the places you’re naming are to your story. Don’t waste hours naming that small town your characters drive through and don’t spend time in. Do spend more time naming the city most of your story takes place in.

How street names are chosen?

In the United States, most streets are named after numbers, landscapes, trees (a combination of trees and landscapes such as “Oakhill” is used often in residential areas), or the surname of an important individual (in some instances, it is just a commonly held surname such as Smith).

Can you use real companies in books?

Short answer: Yes. Now and then, a writer or editor asks our online Q&A whether mentioning a brand name in a work of fiction requires permission or the addition of the trademark (™) or registered (®) symbol.

How do I choose a place for my novel?

5 Tips for Choosing a Setting for Your Story

  1. Decide if your story needs a specific setting. …
  2. Decide if your setting is a real or imagined place. …
  3. Find a setting that supports the action. …
  4. Pick a setting that supports character actions and development. …
  5. Research your setting.


What are the 3 types of setting?

The three types of setting are the elements of time, place, and environment (both physical and social). Each of these types contributes to building the setting of a story.



How do you describe places in writing?

Describe place through characters’ senses. Include time period in description. Include small-scale changes in time. Show how characters feel about your setting.