Particularly if you’re not intimately involved withÂ the (politically, socially, geographically, orÂ religiously tense) topic du jour, from somebody’s perspective you’re bound to get it wrong (or undeservedly right).
- Is there aÂ context orÂ convention that allows youÂ to write about a topic you’ve researched from afar?
- Puppy immunity for well-meaning newbies?
- Must you be a minority in order to write about that minority?
- IsÂ “story” a socially accepted lie?
In “How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them–A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide,” we’re admonished not to be the jerk who writes a condescending “hey, man, you get us.Â You’re okay!”Â But I haven’t seen an etiquette guide for sensitively acknowledging, much less addressingÂ the elephant (or as we say in Canada,Â the moose) in the room:Â writers write about places they’ve never been (understandable if they don’t exist, but we can’t all write Sci-Fi).
[Ed. Note: The song found at the links above may offend – due warning.]