Putting Real Stuff in Your Fake Stuff

We all incorporate the real world into our fiction. It’s impossible not to. Maybe we base a character on someone we love–or hate. Maybe we write a story inspired by a real life event–something that happened to us, or something we heard about in the news, or in a history book. But what are the ethics of this? Are we “stealing” other people’s experiences? Are we exploiting other people? What, if anything, do we owe the people we’re taking from? But insisting on some kind of gag rule is censorious and unreasonable and unrealistic. Here to weigh in is Ryan Estrada.

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