Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers
How do you write about your characters being bullied if you’ve never been a bully, or been bullied? How do you write about a teen aged girl falling out of love if you’re not even a female? How do you report in your manuscript the angst of growing up in a single parent household if you were raised by both parents? How do you detail the events of your diverse characters’ lives if they are quite different from your own?
I totally agree with Kay!
It's all about researching and learning about the issue in question. And it's also about getting "into the character"
For example, if i was raised by my two parents my whole life, but i want to write about someone who is raised only by an alcoholic father, i would try to create the character based on how I would feel.
And it's also a plus, because if I do have a mother, I know how important she is for me. And if my character lacks a mother, then i would know how he would feel...or rather, how I would feel.