Weekly thought & writing update.
I’ve not really had the time to write this week. I’ve got a lot of words to write for essays, and I’m still not feeling tremendously motivated to write fiction.
Last minute update: I’ve worked out the problem with my writing – I’m hoping I have anyway! I was thinking about my different projects, and my mind turned back to Elondria, and the mess of an act 4 I left it with in March. I think that, coupled with a couple of other things, has made me feel like I can’t do this. Like I’m not good enough. Yesterday I had the thought of going back to act 4 of Elondria and fixing it. And that made me feel good. I didn’t have the time yesterday to do it, but I’ve made a start today, re-plotting the act, and I’m feeling good about it. Fingers crossed!
The importance of diverse voices. A task I had to do for an essay this week has made me think more about diversity in literature. We hear a lot at the moment about the importance of writing characters that are LGBT+, or people of colour, or disabled, or any of the other minorities there are in the world. This is completely important and I completely agree with it.
But there is one aspect of diversity I don’t hear anything about: class. Maybe I’m not looking in the right places, but I never hear anything about the importance of representing different aspects of society within fiction. It gets complicated, because different genres relate to the world in different ways, but I’m starting to question the way the working and under classes are represented in fiction – or not, as the case may be.
Class isn’t something that we, as a society, talk much about. Different classes have their stereotypes, and we all make assumptions about people based on class, or income, or the way they dress, etc. But how many working class voices are heard? Not many.
We are surrounded by all kinds of diversity now, and that is 100% a good thing, I want to see more of it, to read more of it. I want to hear the voices of those who think they’re not important, who think their story doesn’t count. Because something I’ve learned this week is that every story, every voice counts. We all bring something unique into the world, and we all bring a unique voice into literature – fiction or not.
Use your voice. Even if it’s just a tiny blog in a tiny corner of the internet. It’s important. You’re important. (Even this tiny little piece of the internet is important, because it’s my voice. And no one else can express that. That’s what truly important in writing and literature. Voices)