Diversity in my WiP
The mix of characters in my WiP reflects the diversity of my experience in the SF Bay Area. It only seemed natural to me to have my characters reflect the diversity of the place where the story takes place.
While discussing my Work in Progress (WiP/Two weeks into this, and I’m already learning the lingo!) with one of the other NaNoWriMo participants, she told me about this group called, We Need Diverse Books.
While the group is aimed primarily at kids, teens, parents and educators, I love this initiative. I had very few “mirror” books when I was growing up, that is too few books reflected a cast that particularly resembled me in a lot of ways. Like many LGBTQ and minority kids, I had to make due and suspend some disbelief while adding in more imagination with much of my media consumption. Of course, books have always been good “windows” into the experience of others and by extrapolation or extension, they offer a window into ourselves too.
Every Wednesday in November, I will post a Wednesday Weigh-In to report my word count and assess my progress with my NaNoWriMo goals.
What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo is the abbreviated name of National Novel Writing Month. It’s a month-long event for writers of all kinds. “NaNo” (Another common Abbreviation) takes place every November, and this is my first year of participation. Essentially, it’s a contest that you have with yourself to write at least 50,000 words in 30 days. My “I Signed Up” post has more details about what I’ve pledged to accomplish this year.
Connect with Q
If you’re signed up for NaNoWriMo too and want to be my writer-buddy on that platform, my user name is Quartknee – I know, shocker, right?
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