Living in Podunk

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podunk

PRONUNCIATION:
(POH-dungk)
MEANING:
noun: A small, unimportant town.
ETYMOLOGY:
Podunk is the name of a river and a native tribe in Connecticut. Over time the name came to be used for several small towns including a mythical small and insignificant town. Earliest documented use: 1657.
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Make the names of your fictional places work in your story.
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Your fictitious locations can seem real and even refer to some real landmarks, but you will have greater flexibility in your plot if your story is set in a fictitious place.
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Remember, your fans will go searching for your locations!
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Examples of fictional places in literature:
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Hogwarts School
Narnia
Wonderland
Henrietta, VA
Brigadoon
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You get the idea!
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Today’s Assignment:
1. Contemplate the place names in your novel.
2. Do they help the novel . . . or are they just there?
3. Ask someone to read an excerpt from your work. Have them verbally describe your fictitious location.
4. Does their description match your intention?
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Watch this:
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