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Who Owns the Story?

Family_lThe conventional wisdom is to write what you know. If you’ve led a full and exciting life, that’s probably good advice. If you’re just starting out, that leaves you to compete at the end of the gene pool with everyone else who is just starting out. Then again, you could truly write what you know – write about your life experiences. That begs the woefully unoriginal question – Who Owns the Story?

You might think that the story of you life is your story. Why even stop to think about it? Then again, your life story is linked forever to the life story of your siblings, parents, friends … Is there a point at which their expectation of privacy outweighs your right of self expression? Do they even have a legitimate expectation of privacy?   Continue reading