May 27, 2010

you can't write if you can't relate


you cannot write if you can relate . this adage has gotten me into a little bit of trouble from time to time as you write about heroin use, or street living and then folks assume that it is first person accounts. i compound this impression from folks also because i use the perspective of "i" and they always assume it is truly first person. sometimes it most definitely is, but a great artist or writer can use license to project themselves somewhere they have never been. i can do this because all over this great earth people act the same, cities feel similar and we all share a common set of basic guiding principles.

some of the things i write about i want to experience; some i would rather infer or understand through someone else's experience. can you tell the difference?

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