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Writing versus Life, part 2

In the second part of our investigation into ‘Writing versus life’, RLF writers examine the pitfalls that face writers who use material from real life in their work, paying particular attention to the ethics of story ownership, the challenge of protecting people's feelings and dealing with readers who mistakenly see themselves in your work.

Episode: 454
Date: 07-03-2024
Length: 18:19
Writing versus Life, part 2

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