Most writers probably have had to write about unfamiliar places at some point. Research can help a lot, but the best way to authentically capture a location in your story is to personally ask someone familiar with that place.

Worldwidewriting is a new writing blog designed to help you answer the questions you have with first-hand accounts.

Ask here and find the answers to any question you have about writing foreign places!

Want to contribute?

So, you want to help out writers with information about your country? Great! To make it easier for writers to know who to ask, just fill out a few question.

Country where you live:

How many years you have lived there:

Familiarity with the language spoken there (make note if you feel comfortable translating things for people):

Areas you would consider yourself knowledgable in (bold them): General customs, Religion, Politics,  Food, Housing conditions, Schooling, Common foreigner-isms.

Any additional information you think you could contribute?

And that’s it! Just fill this in and submit it to me.

Note: If you think there’s something I left off that would make things easier, please let me know!

Additional note: By foreigner-isms, I meant various things only foreigners in your country do. Assumptions they make, what your country considers “touristy”, etc.

emerpenny said:

(Writing question.) Hi, I have one Romanian character. I was just wondering is it true that you refer to people by their surnames until you get to know the other person better? And also what traits would be associated with the upper class? What do people think of foreigners knowing the language (like is it welcomed open-armed, would people offer help or with an 'about time' attitude or something)? Thank you for your time, have a nice day. :)

Hi! We call everyone close to our age and younger by their first name. With older people, it depends on how close we are to them. For teachers, bosses etc we use Mr/Mrs (domnul/doamna) and surrname. For family members or neighbours we usually use a shortened version of their first name(eg Mariana - Mari) and before that children use “nea” or “nenea” for men and “tanti” for women.
Even though our upper and midde claases are not so segregated, we still have our stereotypes. Rich young people are thought to be lazy, shallow and stupid, and being successful only because their parents have money. About our bussinessmen and politicians we think they gained their wealth illegally,which is sometimes true, sadly. Like in most eastern european countries, our government is really corrupt.
And about our language, Romania is pretty unknown to foreigners so whenever we hear it mentioned somewhere it feels like Christmas. So whenever someone tries to learn our language we feel honoured really, even though our first reaction would be “Why are you doing this to yourself?” bc Romanian is hard and it makes no sense.
Hope this helps and good luck!

Hi, followers and contributors! Thank you all so much for what you’ve either invested or enjoyed in this blog. I’ve loved being the mod, but something’s cropped up so it seems I won’t be able to run this blog for much longer.

Would anyone be willing to take it over for me? It honestly doesn’t need to require any more work than you can commit - if nothing else then you can just keep it as a sideblog but not actually be active, just so people can see who the contributors are and contact them independently if need be. I would love to see the resources on this blog maintained, even if I can’t do it anymore! Please message me if you’d be willing.

the-echo-house said:

Hi! I wanted to contribute... and I have a question. I have lived in two countries, so I can provide info for both of them - do I submit them separately or in the same post? Thanks!

Hey, great question! This has been asked before and could continue to be relevant in the future, so I hope you don’t mind me answering publicly. Submitting in two separate posts for the two countries you have experience in is probably the best for categorization purposes. Also, for a related question that’s been asked in the past, providing info for two or more countries is absolutely helpful.

Message to contributors

Hey! If anyone messages you with questions about writing in the location you’ve volunteered to assist about, would you be willing to tag that with “worldwidewriting”? Thanks!

A few people have asked if any contributors from America are needed. The answer is yes! Tumblr is a very international place, shown clearly by all the countries represented on this blog, and anyone who wants to include details about America in their writing could use you residents of the USA! We can never have too many contributors for any one country, since having different people to share can be great if one person can’t immediately answer a question or doesn’t know a certain detail or something similar. If in doubt, just try it and see what you can do!

Question for you all!

Would you like to see more on this blog than just the questions? Maybe just general references about writing foreign places? Originally, this blog was designed for the contributors to just answer specific questions, but I could try to post things about various countries. What do you think?

Want to know which countries are represented among the contributors? Check out the navigation! It contains the complete list of countries with links to the tag for each one.

If you have a question about a country not on that list, send it anyway, and I’ll do my best to find someone who can answer it for you!

Short Story Competition

Hi,

We, at The London Magazine, are hosting a short story competition that will finish at the end of this month and we were hoping you might publicise it on your blog so, if your followers are interested, they can enter.

Prizes:

First prize: £500 and publication in the magazine

Second prize: £300 and publication on website

Third prize: £200 and publication on website

 

The entry fee is £10 and the winner will be announced at the House of Commons. The winners will be invited to the House of Commons.

The link to the competition is:

http://bit.ly/18BnKya

Thanks

Aislinn Shivakumar~

info@thelondonmagazine.org

Mod note: The link couldn’t work for me, so I can’t be sure if it’s legit. If it seems to work fine for everyone else, then great! Just let me know.

Question for the contributors

Would any of you be willing to make a small post about your country? It could be anything ranging from a two sentence blurb to a list of trivia to a long and detailed analysis of something. You can pick any topic and any length! Let me know if you’re interested :)

Question for the contributors

Hey guys! First, thanks for volunteering to contribute. I actually have a request to ask of you guys. If you aren’t already, could you all add to your tracked tags your url? That’s the best way I can think of to make sure you all find questions you can answer. I’ll tag you when someone asks a question relevant to you and then you can submit an answer. Thank you!

Just a little reminder to all you followers - asks are, and always are, open! It is awesome that so many of you have volunteered to contribute, but this blog runs on questions! We have plenty of people to answer questions - check the navigation for a list of the countries represented! There are over twenty of us here to answer questions, and that number keeps growing, so fill the inbox!

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