Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Writer's Wednesday - How To Approach Diversity

Pink Heart Society editor, Ali Williams, is talking about approaching diversity in her writing.

Firstly, I want to say that I'm not a woman of colour and I'm not (for the most part - I'm keeping gender out of this) marginalised by society.  I'm a hetero, cis-gendered, middle-class white girl, whose Catholic parents tried to shelter her a little too much (NB. this clearly failed when you look at all the erotic on my Kindle).

I'm saying this because I want to emphasise that I'm checking my privilege.

I am, by no means, the most qualified person to talk about approaching diversity, and I'm aware that this post may be full of mistakes and issues for people.  So perhaps I should explain why I'm writing:

I want to have a diverse cast of characters in my writing, and I want to do so without offending people.

So this is my plan.

Instead of having a long, rather drawn out post about what to do and how to do it, I'm going to link to posts and blogs that I think address the issue really really well.  

I don't want to appropriate aspects of people's culture or voice, but I do think that it's important to include diversity in my depictions of the world.  My world is diverse itself, and so art should mimic life.

Feel free to say if I've gone about this the wrong way, and please please please leave tips in the comments on research you've done or how you approach diversity!

What advice would you give to a romance writer who thinks that #WeNeedDiverseRomance?  Join us in the comments!

Ali Williams grew up in Croydon and spent her teenage years in a convent girls’ school. She then fled to university where she discovered champagne cocktails, a capella singing and erotica.

These days she blogs about perceptions of romance, chick lit and women in society and spends the rest of her time promoting #StrongRomanceHeroines on Twitter, and cracking on with her first novel, Breakfast in Tunford.

Editor for the Pink Heart Society, guest blogger for Mills & Boon and Harper Impulse, and occasional columnist for For Books' Sake, she defies you to slam romance novels within her hearing!

1 comment:

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