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Diversity in YA

I was going to talk more about plotting this month, but instead I want to touch on something that every aspiring or published author should keep in mind at all times.

Diversity.

As some of you may have seen the tweets or blog posts about The Continent last week–if not, here you go–you may be wondering to yourself, “What can I do to listen and learn?”

I am white. I am privileged. I am a proud bisexual. And I want to learn how to be better, to write diversely and sensitively. To listen to those marginalized and to help in any way that I can. And above all, TO SUPPORT THOSE DIVERSE AUTHORS / WRITERS ALREADY OUT THERE.

If this is offensive or you feel I am overstepping, feel free to unsubscribe.

I just finished reading the wonderful newsletter of author Susan Dennard and she had some amazing points that I think need to be read by everyone. Please subscribe to Susan’s newsletter here if you feel like it ūüôā

This is what Susan says in her newsletter:
“Which leads me to the important work that I now have to do. It’s the same important work that YOU have to do, my fellow writers.

We can make a difference with our words. We can shift the dial on¬†what’s normal, on what’s accepted, on what’s taught to readers everywhere.

Just as I am a product of what I was raised on, readers today are too.

It is not the job of WOC or the LGBTQIA community or the disabled community to teach us privileged white people about their experiences, their realities, their marginalization. And yet, because of my own silence (and of so many other white authors), that job has largely fallen on WOC/LGBTQIA/disabled shoulders.

Now I see how I can “help people and make meaningful connections that improve their lives and bring joy” — and here’s how¬†you can too.”

We must:

  • Analyze our own racist/bigoted/misogynistic¬†complicity. It’s there, I promise.
  • Study¬†more and research¬†more and learn¬†everything we can about what white privilege is, about racial history, about what it means to be marginalized, and how we can¬†overcome it as a nation.
  • Listen better,¬†and¬†urge others to listen better as well.
  • Apologize when we screw up, and work even harder to never make those¬†mistakes again.
  • Speak up and contribute to the conversation, online and in real life.
  • Root out¬†harmful stereotypes and tropes in our own writing and others.
  • Support #ownvoices every chance we get, with our money, with our¬†words, and with our time.
  • And above all, we must write more stories that normalize¬†a diverse, empowering world.

AND here are some links to help us all get started:

Thank you all for reading ūüôā And please reach out to those diverse authors and let them know how much they are appreciated.

Next month I’ll continue on with our Plotting 101!

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