Sour-cream Town Blues

Wow did the summer fly past. I’ve gotten very lazy about maintaining this thing, what with school and all. I keep liking posts with great, detailed writing advice that I swear I will actually read and post here someday. To my six wonderful followers, I apologize. Thank you for sticking around. 

In the meantime, I’ve been hearing a lot about representation in the media lately. What is representation? It is, essentially, what groups get actively and accurately portrayed in the media. In case you were wondering, these days it’s mostly straight white guys. There’s nothing wrong with straight white guys, but it would honestly be nice to have some characters that other groups can relate to. A lot of people are clamoring for stories about POCs, LGBTQ characters, women, and those with any kind of disability or disease. Obviously, any combination of these is also appreciated.  

As I examined my own stories, I realized that they are absolutely full of straight white people. I have a few gay characters, but that’s about all I’ve got to my name in the representation category. Looking around me, it’s not hard to see why- I have lived my entire life in the same northeastern rural town. I’m surrounded by white people- so that’s my brain’s default. Try going out some time and seeing what kind of people are around you. I guarantee you’ll see the same sort of people in your stories.

That doesn’t mean those of us stuck in Sour-Cream Town get a free pass where representation is concerned. It just means we need to do some more research. This is incredibly important to ensure your characters aren’t just caricatures. For example, I want to include a transgender character in a future series. I have no clue what a transgender boy might go through or feel like in his life. So, I’ll research it. From what I’ve heard, there are some great resources on the Internet for connecting writers with knowledgeable individuals who can provide information.  

I’m not saying you have to make all your characters different from you in some way, and I’m not saying you’re a bad person if you decide not to include underrepresented groups in literature. However, people are clamoring for stories that represent someone other than straight, white people. The demand is only going to grow. So why not right about a wide range of people? You might just learn something along the way.

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the-right-writing:

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Writer Beware makes posts on which publishing houses to avoid at all costs, which words to look for and which words to watch out for in contracts, and several other things that will keep you in control and knowledgeable about the publishing process.  I’d suggest reading through the website if you want to avoid getting ripped off, cheated, or scammed.

I’m just going to reblog this every so often because it’s a site that every writer needs to see.

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nowyoukno answered:

Please send positive messages and love to http://croowley.tumblr.com

fixyourwritinghabits
Creative people are confident in only one thing: their own doubt. I think there’s a huge lack of self-confidence in a creative person because, by nature, the definition of a creative person is someone who is trying to make something new. They know, if they are professional creatives, that the likelihood of doing that—making something new and significant—is hugely unlikely, so they build within that city of doubt. From doubt, they get to iterate and work extremely hard, hoping to find something new; it’s all about hope. I’ve never met anyone who is good at what they do creatively and is super-confident. Maybe they pretend to be confident in front of their agent or the media, but I’ve never been confident in that way.
A conversation with the inimitable John Maeda. Complement with Seth Godin on dancing with self-doubt and Anna Deavere Smith’s advice to artists on what self-esteem really means.  (via explore-blog)