Thursday, May 20, 2010

Can I base my writing on personal experience 2 - writing tip

Another way to discourage those who might complain about being identifiable in your stories, according to Anne Lamotte, is to give them an unattractive feature.

She suggests giving the character a small penis, as few folks would be likely to get on a witness stand and swear they had one.

Of course that only works for half the population, but the principle is the same if you choose some visible and unattractive cue for an unattractive character, one that definitely was contrary to the inspiration for your words, whether they really have a basis in your personal experience, or not.

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