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Is it acceptable....

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Loretta Green
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Is it acceptable....

Postby Loretta Green » Tue May 27, 2014 3:20 am

Is it acceptable to have a fake crime happen in a real place with a parallel story of an actual historic event taking place at the same time?

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Re: Is it acceptable....

Postby TerryRodgers » Tue May 27, 2014 8:07 am

Yup. It's your novel. You can do whatever you want with it. The last novel I read that is a perfect example is 11/22/63 by Stephen King.

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Re: Is it acceptable....

Postby MookyMcD » Tue May 27, 2014 10:38 am

Absolutely, yes. In fact, if you are doing something set in the past, I think that's a key part of making it realistic.

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Re: Is it acceptable....

Postby mammamaia » Wed May 28, 2014 10:39 am

it's done all the time... carr, kennedy and doctorow do it exceptionally well...
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Re: Is it acceptable....

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Re: Is it acceptable....

Postby shadowwalker » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:04 am

"It seems rather like wanting to be ... a writer, rather than wanting to write. It should be a by-product, not a thing in itself. Otherwise, it's just an ego trip." - Roger Zelazny

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