Sorry I haven’t been here recently but things have gone a bit pear-shaped here at home for me. A couple of weeks ago I fell v ill, collapsing with pain. Turned out it was a kidney stone travelling down to my bladder, and that caused a kidney infection. I was admitted to my local A&E overnight. I am slowly on the mend and back on my feet, but taking painkillers to keep any pain under control.
Anyway, today’s post is about diversity in writing with an exercise.
Today I am asking you a question that comes with an exercise.
What is diversity in writing? (Not the dance group, either). What does diversity in writing mean to you?
Is it: black and other ethnic characters in the story?
Is it: characters with different abilities?
Is it: the authors who are diverse?
Or is it all of the above?
I used to think it was just the first one, but I now know differently. If I said that I write number 1 and 2 and am number 3, what would you think then? Would love to know what your take on diversity is. You can read the first part of my posting about diversity on my blog at www.julieaday.blogspot.co.uk. You will need to scroll down to find the relevant post.
So, here is the exercise.
I want you to write a couple of paragraphs about a character who is different, and indicate in that short piece how they are different. Here is an example from Charlie
Charlie fell back on to his bed. He stared at the ceiling. Not for the first time did he wish he was normal like Wendy. A child without a disability. Able to go about his life without worrying if he would pass out at any time.
Good luck. Email me with your answer.