RULESWATCH

August 2, 2010

Writing Questions

Filed under: Uncategorized — ruleswatch @ 3:45 pm

In a paraphrased snapshot, internet advice to internet posters on privacy and defamation issues, in the current issue of the Writer’s Digest (July /August 2010 at page 45) by a Chicago writer and attorney, Amy Cook, is to ask:

— Am I writing about real people?
— Are they recognizable to readers?
— Am I writing disputable statements of fact?
— Am I disclosing private, possibly embarassing information?
— Are the matters discussed of concern to the community at large (not just your family)?
— Am I disclosing a crime? How recent?

And directed more to an American audience than otherwise:

— Is the individual in question a private person (as opposed to a public figure)?

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