Have you written a character who lives in foster care or an orphanage? Are they in these living situations because their parents died? Today, we are talking about what cliches you should avoid when writing about children in foster care, orphanages, or adoptive homes.
In this episode, we are digging into common cliches when writing about children in foster care, adoptive homes, and orphanages. We are talking about whether or not the parents need to be dead in your story, how writing one cliché leads to another, why writing cliches about foster care and adoptive homes are harmful, and examples from movies such as Anastasia, Despicable Me, Harry Potter, and Hercules. Before writing about children in these living situations, I encourage you to think about if their parents need to be dead, if the child needs to be in foster care or an orphanage, or if the place they are living needs to be terrible.
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In this episode we cover:
- Why the parents in books do not need to be dead and other options to make parents unavailable
- Why it is so important to consider what all comes with writing dead parents
- How writing one cliché, like having the parents be dead, leads to more cliches
- Commonly used foster and adoptive home stereotypes and why to avoid using them
- Examples of children in orphanages and adoptive homes in movies such as Anastasia, Despicable Me, Harry Potter, Hercules, and Shazam
- Four things to ask yourself when writing your story where the child needs to be angry
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