The title of this one is satirical/sarcastic, obviously.
What if a fact does affect the story in some major way, though? What if you decide your protagonist has to be in danger due to certain environmental conditions of the place where she’s been stranded, but the place you’ve left her doesn’t have those environmental conditions and can’t have them (coming soon: bloggish rant titled “Viking Knows Better”), and suddenly you have no plot? Better to come up with a viable alternative before you write the whole novel, don’t you think?
Some writing advice on the internet says if you don’t write your male characters to think and behave a specific way, they won’t be believable as males, because there’s a specific way all male people think and behave in real life…
This post is about the idea that every fictional character needs a name giving an unmistakable clue to their background or personality or appearance — preferably all of the above.
What does my name tell you about me? […] You don’t know. And you can’t know any of these things just because you know my name, yet many readers expect that every fictional person they encounter will have a name that “fits” everything about them. That’s just… silly.