2.04.2015

IWSG: February

Just a quick IWSG post from me today, from a conference (and on my phone, hence no pics or formatting!)

I am attending a conference this week called Creating Change. It is a conference for activists, organizers and leaders in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) movement. Today is the first day and we have not been talking about LGBT issues at all. Today is all about race.

We are talking about things like: how my whiteness impacts how I speak up for LGBT people; why we are so willing to talk about other movements but remain afraid of race conversations; how I understand the world differently because I am white.

So since it is IWSG day I am also thinking about:
* How do stereotypes and prejudices inform my writing (are my only characters  of color always the bad guys?)
* Are there ways that I can further the causes of justice that I so strongly believe in, through my fiction?
* How can I show my audiences that I am an ally and though I am white, people of color will not find themselves excluded or if included always negatively portrayed in my writing?

Are these things you think about when writing?

5 comments:

  1. Have a good time at the conference. This one sounds like it'll make a difference with many people.

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  2. That sounds like an awesome conference! Sometimes I worry people might interpret things in my writing the wrong way, and falsely assume I, not a character, have a certain viewpoint. Having a character who's a racist, for example, doesn't mean the author is one, just that a villain or person from another generation might hold certain views. It actually took me a really long time to feel comfortable using the word Negro outside of dialogue, even though I write historical. It just wouldn't be accurate, even in third-person omniscient, to use a more modern term in a story set before about 1970.

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  3. I write mostly futuristic and address stereotypes and discrimination a lot though it's not about race so much as species and gender. I think it will be very, very far in the future before humanity moves past, if it ever does, our inability to accept diversity as normal and wonderful.

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  4. The conference sounds great! Yes, I think the author can bring about a pov that the reader hasn't considered before - this is the value of writing.

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  5. Thanks for stopping by and Blitzing me today. :)

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