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I'm proud to be a dead-parent creative tool

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One of the greatest bits of writing advice I’ve ever heard is “write like your parents are dead”. No idea who came up with it, but it was either a very wise, anonymous author, or it was one of the Menendez brothers working on a prison memoir.

Whoever coined it, it’s a brilliant tip and I always share it with any budding writers I meet, or acquaintances who are curious about the writing game, and once to a class of grade 3 kids at a school writing workshop. Maybe they were a bit young, but it did help them tap into their emotions and they came up with some terrific stories once the group bawling calmed down.

It's a great bit of advice to write like your parents are dead.Credit:Tanya Lake

Yes, I know the tip seems a little grim, but it makes sense. The idea is that an artist’s creativity will be set free once they stop worrying what their loved ones will think about their........

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