Welcome back to another Open Book Blog Hop!
This week’s theme gave me pause for thought: Do you write diverse characters? If so, how do you avoid cultural insensitivity?
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Wow, what a topic! And it seems more relevant now than ever before in the ever-changing world in which we live. I have one novel and a handful of short stories. Much of it hasn’t directly been influenced by culture or race or any of the myriad elements that make us up. My debut novel is set in an alternate world in an alternate timeline. It doesn’t specifically feature any known cultures, groups or races so I haven’t had to as yet handle diversity. That said, perhaps avoiding it is the easy solution to avoiding cultural insensitivity.
It’s not something I am actively concious of in my writing, it’s just that as yet I haven’t had a story that hinges on issues of diversity. It’s a tough area, and with little knowledge or experience of experiences outside of my own, I feel I wouldn’t be best placed to handle the subject matter. I am always open to learning, but I fear any attempt to write about other cultures, or matters of diversity, could be ill-advised.
I enjoy creating a narrative, and I love writing in the world I have created in my steampunk novel. I can create a world with cultures that I can craft from the ground up.