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!

emerpenny asked:

(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!

pomegraenate asked:

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.

Short Story Competition


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.


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:


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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.

No Worldwide Writers post tonight! [Regular preferences will start back up on Sep. 13th]

There will hopefully be 2 more installments of Worldwide Writers before regular preferences begin again! If you’re interested, there are still 2 spots open! 

Friday, September 4th

Monday, September 7th

Please contact me if you’re interested or want to know more information! xx