I have a question on writing a novel. Could you help?
I was recently inspired by a real story that I heard on news. I wanted to know if there are any rules when you write a novel based on a true story.
You have to change the plot? You need to get any kind of permission? You have to give credit?
It all depends on the law put in place in your location and hubpages crew. You may contact the hubpages administration team to find out yourself. Hope this help you get going.
You don't have to give any credit to anyone else or ask for permission, but there are a few things you do need to do in order to avoid real or frivolous law suits.
1. Never use the names of the people involved in the real event. The names of your characters shouldn't even be close.
2. Change the setting. If your story takes place in the exact location of the real event, people will pick up on the fact and know who your characters really are.
3. Add some other things to the plot and twist around some of the facts to make the story unique. Again, if you stick simply to the real facts, people will know the story because they've heard it on the news.
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