My Writing Diary

This is just the steps I use here, and maybe a few inspiration notes. If you're interested, read it, but if you're not, please don't read it then insult me. :( Anyway, this will refer to other people's movellas, so if you choose to follow these steps with me, you might want to find them. That's all!

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91. 10th August 2014

I've been doing some research on racial diversity, body diversity and LGBTQIAA diversity. It was random and it sparked a few thoughts. My writing's becoming more racially diverse - not just in terms of skin pigment, but also in the fact that my characters (although you don't have the reading material posted here yet) are from different countries. And, in that sense, they're not just from those 'other countries'. They're from the country that I call home. They're from countries that aren't my home. But I'm not making a big deal out of it, as some people might assume you would. I suppose my idea is to accept the difference but not highlight it. Yes, everyone is different. But, no, they're not aliens. They're still people.

My writing isn't that bodily diverse right now. There are 'average people', the occasional 'skinny one' and I've never particularly highlighted anyone as 'fat'. Not because I think everybody should be, or is, thin as a stick. I'm certainly not. Though some part of me sees it as rude, offensive to both reader and character, if you write 'and they were the widest of them all'. You could play various lines of people saying bad things to them and someone jumping/not jumping to defend them. Yet I've encountered people treating others with a few more pounds than them like they're monsters who are awful people for being whatever weight they are, and I don't want my writing to do that.

I have the tiniest but of diversity with gender and sexuality and everything to do with the community. At least one of my characters is bisexual, but that means little in the long run. Like bodily and racial diversity, I don't want to highlight it to a point where it looks like I'm one of those writers (and I think they exist) that's goes:

'Look at me.'

'I'm writing about homosexuals.'

'I'm an amazing writer, worship me.'

And their writing of it is blatant and stereotypical, even if they're only trying to make it obvious that they're including that diversity. For example: a random character sits next to this LGBTQIAA character and the latter immediately announces their sexuality, or it makes them awesome because they're this sexuality. Something like that. Sure, being what you are is never bad. Unless you're a mass-murder with no sort of defence other than 'I like watching people die'...

Anyway, in real life, I have a bisexual hetromantic friend. She's just a friend. I met her and didn't know what her sexuality was and it didn't change how much I cared about her when she came out to us. She told us, and I'm happy that she trusted us enough to do so, but she doesn't tell the world. Because there are homophobic and biphobic and transphobic people out there. Because she doesn't need to. Because it's a part of her but it isn't all of her.

I'm not saying people who write like that are bad. It can usually be innocent and it doesn't make you a bad writer. We can all improve on something. I've done it with other things.

Regardless, I found some interesting guides all collated in a Tumblr posts. So I'm willing to share the link if requested.

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