When I taught fiction writing as a graduate student (University of Pittsburgh) in 2005 to undergraduates, some of my students turned in stories full of far-out characters and exotic places.
The problem was that these students did not know such people and had never been to these places; and it showed in their work.
This is not to say that a writer cannot write a good story that is purely made up.
Just know that it’s the story that makes a good story; which means you can write a very good story about the kinds of people you really know and the places you really know about.
Write about what you know.
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