Writing as an insider

Conversely, inside knowledge is one of the greatest writing strengths you possess. The more you can draw on a background and culture you know inside out for your settings and characters, the more vividly realistic your stories will become. We will be looking at political correctness in the chapter on children's writing but always bear in mind that without depth of personality, your characters will be cliched and cardboard. It is essential, therefore, when building characters, that you can empathise with them through your own in-depth knowledge of their way of life.

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