I belong to the WisRWA, the Wisconsin Chapter of RWA – Romance Writer’s of America. Yesterday we had our meeting and the program was about diversity in writing. When I did my research on the topic, the definition of diversity usually states “the inclusion of different types of people – race and culture.”
Diversity means so much more. For a writer, the best way to build characters is to create their personal story by thinking about diversity and how it can play into the uniqueness of their role and life. The different types of diversity include:
- Job Level
- Physical Abilities
- Sexual Orientation
- Thinking Styles
Just think of the possibilities of how you can make your characters interesting by defining them with the above list. For example, not everyone has to be in a high level job or wealthy. You could build a character who is frail, after dealing with childhood cancer. Going through cancer would give them a different perspective on life as well.
And remember, diversity brings awareness as well. It can help bring out an issue in your character to learn from it and overcome it.
Beth M James – Author of novels based on strong characters and elements of romance.