This has been something of a hot topic from the moment the idea began, and it is something I’ve touched on before in previous blogs. That being writing characters from different cultures, ethnicities and genders than yourself.
Just to be clear, before I start talking about this, I feel I should point out that I’m a thirty-three-year-old (at the time of writing), white, British female (so you know where I’m coming from), and my main point in this blog will be that I feel it is acceptable to write characters that you feel fit into your story, PROVIDED that it is done with compassion, respect, a veritable ton of research and clichés are avoided.
While we’re on the subject, I also think that writers should ask themselves if the story they are telling is their story to tell. If, for example, you are a white British female should your story be be about the experience of a young American black man? Quite probably not.
But back to characters.Continue reading “Horror Writing: Writing Characters that Are Different From Yourself”