Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Writer Playing Dead

Writers often ask me: how can I write about my life and not hurt the people close to me? Nadine Gordimer, in today's Writer's Almanac (scroll down page to see her bio), has the answer: Write as if oneself and one's readers were already dead.
I love this idea and will use it. What do you think?

1 comment:

avr said...

I understand about writing if oneself were dead, but why one's readers already dead? I feel that you should not hold back when you write about your life because then your creative juices will not flow right and you can use other names and change things a bit so it is not so obvious what you are writing about.