Hello, my pretties! How are you all doing? Well, I hope!
Here I am again talking a bit about writing. Bear with me here, will you? I’m by no means an expert on writing, or anything of the sort. Others know a lot more than I do. I simply enjoy sharing my thoughts about writing and talking to others who enjoy literature – either as consumers or creators, or even both.
We hear it a lot nowadays, in several spaces and ways. We talk about diversity in the work place. In friend groups. In society in general.
And, as it can’t be prevented, it’s something that’s discussed when it comes to art as well – more specifically, for this post, writing.
I know writers from both sides of the argument. Some of them believe that diversity is just ‘politically correct bullshit’ some people demand in the books they read. Others believe it’s extremely important to include diverse characters in their books, in order to get closer to their readers.
As for me, I believe diversity is a very positive thing, as long as it makes sense inside the universe people are writing about, and as long as the writer wants to put it in their stories. I know this second point might be a bit controversial for some people. But honestly, I wouldn’t want to see myself represented by a writer who doesn’t want to put me there, and will simply put me there as a token Black character in order to say ‘see? I write diverse characters, now shut up’. That’s not what I want.
But let’s assume people actually want to represent diverse characters in their works. How should they go about it?
Please note that these aren’t rules, but suggestions and musings.
- Do your homework. If you want to write about someone who’s not yourself, do some research. Google things. Use Wikipedia. Watch videos on Youtube. Read books. Watch documentaries or movies. There’s a wealth of information out there.
- Treat your subjects with respect. Remember that, despite the fact that it is a character, some real, living people, will see themselves in that character.
- Remember we’re all human. We all feel hungry, tired, stressed. We all want to quit our jobs and go sell paintings on the beach or start our own business. We all have money worries, family troubles, and what have you.
- Talk to people. If you’re representing real people in your characters, why not talk to them? Once again, the internet is your friend. I have answered long interviews myself in order to help other writers place women like me in their works. Not everyone will say yes, but not everyone will say no.
- Use a sensitivity reader. I’ll talk more about that in a future post, but it’s a very valuable resource for any writer.
Well, I guess that’s all I have to offer now. I wish I had some resources to share, but I really don’t have any right at this moment. I will share them if I find something in the future.
For now, though, that’s all I can offer.
And it’s your turn now, dear reader! How do you include diversity in your writing? Is there anything I’ve missed? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
See you all on the next post!