So many points resonated with me. My beta readers said much the same thing about one of my current WIPs.
White is not the default. Our characters should reflect the true diversity in the world. This makes our writing so much richer and more real.
When We First Become Other
By Sumiko Saulson
It is the very nature of human self-awareness which creates Othering. From birth, we see the world from a personal vantage point. We first take in sounds, smells and images of our personal tribe: parents, siblings, neighbors and grandparents. They are the village to which Self belongs. This is true even for those of us mainstream America views as Other. So how does one first become Othered? This occurs through contact with multicultural groups, and with mainstream media. Once we view ourselves through the lens of mass media, it becomes possible to reframe Self as Other.
In late 1970s, watching a television show called The Jeffersons. I noticed their neighbors, the Willises, an interracial couple, had one white actor and one black actress playing their mixed race…
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A good gauge to know whether you should push on through those hellish revisions or stuck plot: what if you never finished it? Would you care? Would those characters still whisper their stories to you as you drifted off to sleep at night?
The rust has accumulated from weeks of not writing and the idea of writing every day is daunting.
It is the first day of Camp NaNoWriMo and I haven’t signed up. Probably ought to. I need that kick in the backside.
More on the subject of writing every day here:
Ryan gets into possible causes and fixes for writer’s block. This is useful to remember. Sometimes, you just need a nap!
A useful discussion about info-dumps.
Some highlights from the upcoming Clockwork Alchemy steampunk convention. March 23-25, 2018 in Burlingame, CA.
I’ll be there all weekend teaching writing and editing classes.