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Writing fiction about real people/places

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MummyToucan Wed 23-Sep-09 21:02:56

Hi all - does anyone have any advice?
I have a few ideas for a story I'd love to write if I can get past the fear/ inertia! I'd like to set it in a certain (local) place and am interested in local history so would be mentioning some historical events etc. What I'm unsure about (I'm a paranoid worrier!)is whether I can identify famous buildings and people in my fictional story without asking the permission of living relatives. It won't be anything outlandish, and I probably wouldn't use names but I'd love to use the setting of a beautiful local building, and talk about the family history of the place but I'm not sure if I'm 'allowed'.
Does anyone know - or am I just inventing another reason never to write the story in my head?

Rumpel Wed 23-Sep-09 21:07:57

Why don't you just write it then when you send it to publishers they will advise one ditorial changes that have to be made?

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