Wednesday, 16 August 2017

3 Actions Writers Can Take To Create More Diverse Literature

“Problems cannot be solved with the same mind set that created them.”
― Albert Einstein

1- Write From Your Roots: You don’t ‘force’ diversity in your stories. Write what you know best—you are sure to bring diversity, if you are authentic. Nature is diverse.

2- Create Diverse Communities: Go out of your way to create room from authors who have been underrepresented. Remember the driving rule— the vehicle that is going downhill should give way to the vehicle that is climbing uphill? — Follow it in publishing. (Not to say that the ‘white writing’ is going downhill. I am just using an analogy here.)

3- Social Karma: Boost the diverse books like it’s your own work. The goodwill that goes out in the global community comes back to everyone’s aid.

Kirtida Gautam is a clinical psychologist, screenplay writer, and the author of yet to be published psychological thriller I am 16 I can. The novel questions Juvenile Justice System of India and raises opinion AGAINST rape culture. Follow her on Twitter @KirtidaGautam