In this blog post I’ll point you to 10 great novels on community that may inspire you to build your own community in your writing. Using a community in fiction has several advantages: a community almost invariably provides a hotbed of conflict between its members, and it is conflict that drives a story. Communities also provide the opportunity for the author to begin the story with a new person joining the community, which can serve as the springboard or inciting incident for the story. Furthermore, community allows authors to display their skill at conveying a strong sense of the place where the writing is set.

As you will see, most of the authors of these novels create their community in small rural or coastal towns, but it would, of course, also be possible, albeit more difficult, to build such communities in a city suburb.



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