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September 6, 2012 9:38 AM Subscribe
I’m a writer: Don’t trust me with other people’s secrets
posted by philip-random (53 comments total)
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If you're confessing to something and Russell Smith
is sitting at the next table, it's best to bite your tongue.
Where else are we going to get our stories, if not from what we overhear? What else is art about but the real? The question is a persistent one; it comes up in every creative writing class. Something incredible happened to my cousin, someone will say, but if I use it, no matter how I alter it, even if I take it simply as the kernel of a story that blooms into something much larger and symbolic, my cousin will read it and she will get mad. She will feel exploited and betrayed, and most likely ridiculed as well. I don’t want to do it, but wow, it’s such a good story! And it would so neatly illustrate my ideas about colonialism and the environment ...