Sunday, May 6, 2012

How shame and vulnerability can be a writer's friend!

I've just watched two very good short talks through TED Talks, which look at Shame and Vulnerability. Strikes me that there is a lot here for writers to think about - that we must be prepared to tap into these feelings and be honest and open about them, if we are really going to write compelling and convincing fiction. Also good to think about in terms of character development and arcs. Have a watch and let me know what you think!
Brene Brown on vulnerability
Brene Brown on Listening to shame

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

 The Ongoing Problem of Race in Y.A. Fiction.
 Here's a fascinating article about the lack of racially diverse characters in YA fiction. I'm proud that I have contributed to trying to halt this trend!
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2012/04/ongoing-problem-race-y/51574/