Writers are often thought of as professional liars, and perhaps not without some justification.
We create stories about murders we’ve never committed, children we’ve never birthed, people we’ve never been – people of different gender/race/age/religion/orientation/etc. to ourselves – and lifestyles we’ve never lived. And we try to do this with the truth and authority of one who has seen and done it all.
But it isn’t always easy to write what we don’t know – to embody someone we're not. It may require research, exploration, empathy, and any number of other techniques a writer might employ ... techniques that other writers in the group may find helpful.
The discussion kick-starter question is thus as follows:
“What techniques do you use for writing convincingly about the “Other” and the “unknown”?
Other topics will also be discussed as they arise, in a relaxed, friendly environment.
New members welcome! Look for the "Vancouver Writers' Social Group" sign on the table.
NOTE: If you end up on the waitlist, please don't just show up unless you are notified via the Meetup site of an opening and are added to the guest list.