Most writers will tell you: Setting is a crucial element of any story. Talented authors describe a place with sharp detail, painting a mental picture. Some writers' environs become their work, as was the case with William Faulkner, who based many of his books in fictional Yoknapatawpha County, inspired by his real-life home of Oxford, Miss. "I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it," he once said in an interview.
Retirees are among the lucky few who get to choose their setting. For literary lovers, artists and writers, the ideal retirement setting would be a city or town that fosters creativity and feeds the desire for cultural stimulation.