Diversity is the showing of a range of different things, it is this diversity of people that makes our world an amazing place. Authors must keep this in mind when writing about the people in their books. As an author I want to ensure that I’m giving my readers a diverse set of personalities and ways that people connect.
One thing that has been difficult to many writers, like me, is to truly make our writing truly diverse. It is important to understand the character you are using within your story. Diversity isn’t just in the way of demographics but also in their attitudes and lifestyles.
Writing about diverse lifestyles can be complicated. You need to completely understand the lifestyle you are writing about. Doing basic research is important when wanting to create a perfect character for our art.
Some questions that me as a writer ask when looking at diversifying my characters are:
These questions can be harmful if not answered correctly within your story. You don’t want to be offensive to those with similar diversity. Your writing can be harmful to your name as an author because others may feel the hurt by what your writing. This makes the need to research the different race, sexual orientation, religion, gender ID than you, when placing it into your story.
By Guest Blogger, Samantha Lieberman