If you have trouble writing a diverse cast, or relating to transgender characters then Horo Musuko is for you. This story is the adorable, calming tale of a young girl’s transition from DMAB (Defined Male at Birth) to her true self.
Why I recommend it for writers: The slice-of-life genre can be very healing, and every writer I know is extremely stressed. Not only that, but it will help with diversity in your writing to see a different perspective.
Warning: This is just one experience with the transgender condition. Please do not assume all transgender individuals have the same process. Also, lots of misgendering of main characters. Lots of it.
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Have you seen this anime? What about it made you want to be a better writer? Do you intend to go shotgun this anime now that I’ve shown it to you? Comment below and tell me what you think!
Natasha Duncan-Drake has an interesting blog-hop going on which Chris Votey tagged me in. His most recent (and best, if I do say so myself) work, the Daygar Legacy, is an amazingly well-researched and well-written vampire romp through medieval europe. Definitely take a look. This is an interesting prompt as it is geared towards the how and why of the writing process, as individuals find it. The worst part of it, I think, is going to be finding two to three people to tag! Wish me luck!
- Introduce who referred the blog tour to you
- Answer the following 4 questions:
- What am I working on?
- How does my work differ from others in its genre?
- Why do I write what I do?
- How does my writing process work?
- Introduce the people you’re passing this on to (3 – 4 people if possible who will then post a week later)
Well, let’s get started.
- As I stated above, I was referred by Chris Votey, who runs the wonderful blog Madness of a Modern Writer. He and I met via twitter, after I finished my first ever NaNoWriMo and got full of myself, thinking I could be a professional writer! He’s become a mentor and a very good friend to me, although our politics differ quite a bit. He’s pushed me to great heights in my writing and in the way I look at the world, and I honestly adore him. Check out his books Terran Psychosis and Scraping By, if you really want a good can’t-put-this-down read!
- Four questions
- I’m working on a lot right now, but with my current creativity block, it’s all a bit on pause. But the major projects are:
- The Kurylian Saga, an epic fantasy series with a male poc main character who has to learn how to forgive his most hated foe when they’re forced to work together;
- A Greater Love, a regency-era-set asexual romance novel that takes a lot of it’s plot from tribulations from my own life.
- an unnamed short story set in the victorian era, which so far is a romance between a human serial killer and a rakshasa.
- To answer this question, i have to explain the very first actual story I ever wrote. You see, when I wrote it, there wasn’t really a genre for ‘the villain is the protagonist’. It just hadn’t been invented yet, really. So the fact that the first story I ever wrote featured an all powerful witch brought down to the power of a child and forced to relive her life so that she might learn the error of her ways means that I was already thinking ahead of the bell curve. I have always tried to be different, to understand other’s minds, to think outside of my own. So I think my work is different only in that I MAKE it different. I make it more inclusive, more daring, more open than others that I could name.
- The why of it is closely tied into who I am as a person. I’ve never really liked being me. Even in my earliest fantasies, my earliest daydreams, I was always someone else. So of course, when I get the chance, I’m going to make the main characters as different from myself as possible. Beyond that, however, is the fact that I’m always seeking the ways to see how others are JUST LIKE ME too. Perspective has always been a driving force in my life. Everyone has their own perspective, and I think that’s why I write what I do.
- My writing process is a bit hit and miss. Most of the time I start writing just before I have to go to bed. Procrastination at it’s finest. Of course, there’s a fine tradition of authors writing while laying down in bed, but I don’t usually lay down when I’m writing. I sit up, in my bed, on my computer, and open Scrivener. In scrivener, I pick up where I left off and start writing the next scene. I always do this, too, I always write linearly, despite having a program that lets me pick and choose. It makes it fit better in my head. I usually manage anywhere from 25 words to an entire 5000 in one sitting. During NaNoWriMo it can be even more.
- I tag Tunafax, who writes some of the most amazing fanfiction I’ve ever read! She’s writing a story right now called Witcher that makes some old fairy tales look tame. It’s a beautiful, gothic tale of wishes made and lives saved, and it’s absolutely gorgeous.
- Kudalyn was recommended to me by Tunafax, and she’s got an amazing repertoire of stories! Not only that, she’s adept at writing a drabble from a picture source. One of her favorite stories, Summoning Slifer, is a very nice look into a very not-human mind.
- Another amazing writer, Ashe, does an amazing job with description, levels even I aim to achieve. Her story The Living Daylights is amazing.
- And then there’s Ariasune (Alias for short) who should absolutely join us! Her work Akhet has that lovely touch of humor and tenacity that made me love Good Omens so very, very much. Definitely give her a read!
- And not tagged, specifically, but in a post that I took real interest in, Nana posted her writing process in EPIC detail.
- The person who tagged Nana made some good points in theirs as well. Empress, as she calls herself, has some lovely insights into the writerly mind.
I hope the three I’ve tagged have as much fun writing this out as I did, and will spread the love! You can read Ashe’s response to the tag here.
Sorry that this is a little late. This week has been hectic. With breaking up with my significant other, as well as significant changes in my life (I’m now biking to work, for instance. Ouch. My legs are ready to disown me and move back to wherever it is they came from.) things haven’t been working out as well as I thought.
Kurylian Saga: The Sorcerer and The Swordsman – Edit one – 11 pages
Kurylian Saga: The Prince and The Corpse – Rough Draft – WC: 1,348
Kaimi Rowe Series: Seeker Born – Rough Draft – Restarted – Outline phase
Creating Diverse Literature
Last Week’s Word count: 1,348/2500
This week’s wordcount: —-
Finished Seekerborn Outline
Edited pages of TSaTS: 21 (total)
Today, I’ve had a guest post published over at Writerology. A wonderful site, they offer lots of resources for up and coming authors. Please, do take a look. The article I wrote can be found here. It’s a two-thousand word essay on how to create a more diverse cast of characters in your novels, and why. Please do take a look! <3