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NaNo Prep: Diverse Characters

NaNo Diverse Characters

On Tuesday, there was another NaNoWriMo webinar. This time it focused on creating diverse characters in your novels.

Just like the other webinar, it was super informative. I certainly learned a lot. While I agree with diversity, it’s not my strong suit because I tend to mostly write what I know.

This webinar was hosted by author I.W. Gregorio, Miranda Paul, and Dhonielle Clayton. Each of them had their own special advice to give and answered each question in a different way as they all write different diversities and different genres.

The webinar is about an hour long, but it’s definitely worth watching here: NaNo Diverse Characters.

Unfortunately, that was the last webinar. Now we just have to rely on the NaNo forums and each other to get through the rest of October and all through November.

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

9 thoughts on “NaNo Prep: Diverse Characters

  1. While I love the idea of having diverse characters and wholehearted believe in it, I don’t agree that everyone should write them. I grew up in a predominately Caucasian society. Not because my family is racist (we’re actually fairly open-minded and supportive of other races/cultures/religions) but because that’s just how it fell in what areas we lived in. The same was true for the schools I went to and I wasn’t submerged so much into other races and cultures until later in life.

    That being said, I have next-to-know knowledge or experience with people of other races/cultures/religions and feel I should not write about them without possibly falling into popular stereotypes, which would not be a good thing. I agree that there needs to be more diversity among books, but I don’t think I’ll be writing too much of it unless they are minor characters.

    I say that and Rand is Italian and English. *facepalm* And I have Council members who are also African American, Russian, and Hispanic. *double facepalm*

    1. No, I see what you’re saying. It’s definitely important to have diversity, but we shouldn’t make it so obvious that we’re trying to include other cultures. We’re all humans, no matter what color we are or where we come from. Unless the story is set in a certain time period and it actually has to do with the plot, then that makes sense.
      But I found the webinar helpful when incorporating characters from different backgrounds subtly and without making it sound racist, if that makes sense.

  2. No one should hide behind the “write what I know” excuse in this day and age. Men write women. Women write men. Straight write queer. Queer write straight. POC write white. No reason white can’t write POC. And everything in between. Just ask. It’s okay. :]

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