I've been working on a novel and the characters that I've created are Russian. My father thinks that I should be writing about American people. Is it okay if I write about non-american characters?
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It's always best to write about what you know. I think it's ok as long as your Russian characters are only secondary persons or if you have extensive understanding of Russian life, nuances and beliefs. You could seriously shoot yourself in the foot if actual Russians don't find your characters believable.1