I’ve been juggling lately with the old saying:
…to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes…
but really, when it comes to writing
we write what we KNOW.
We’re told not to write from a perspective
we’re unfamiliar with –
not only might we offend someone
because we’re making things up
we might be perpetuating an urban myth
starting one of our own.
some of the most interesting characters
are those that we are unfamiliar with.
I like Dr Seuss’ quote better
because it acknowledges that we have brains –
that we have the ability
and the capacity
(especially as writers)
of learning, discovering and researching
in an attempt to help us understand
to effectively push ourselves beyond what we know.
What’s the most interesting “non you” character you’ve ever read/written about?