When you write something that isn’t you, it’s not a memoir, it’s not fiction based on you, you have to step outside of yourself to tell the story.
What does that mean? What does it really take?
I have written characters who are nothing like me at all. I’ve never experienced the things that happen to them, but to make them feel real, I need to feel or understand them.
I reached out to my friend Michel to speak with her about writing Black characters. She’s a White woman, what does that mean for her. How does she make them feel real?