Is this story only mine to share?

In writing about your own life, you will inevitably have to write about others in your life.1 Maia Kobabe asked each person’s permission in her memoir. Christian Lee Hutson changed the names, obscured the details, and crossed stories with one another.

Ayun Halliday warns against using art to gossip about others or settle scores, especially if you’re not going to change names.2

Anna Tivel says if the experience is universal, it doesn’t feel like stealing someone else’s story.3

This Song Is About You: Thoughts On Songwriting, Truth, Secrets And Lies : NPR

  1. How to heal through life writing 

  2. Creative, Not Famous—The Small Potato Manifesto pg. 52 

  3. [Maybe the work of writing is the main magic. Anna Tivel on Patreon](

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