This is the second in a new series of blogs about my WIP. Please check out the first one before reading this one.
Ready? Okay. I'm in the last part of the semester (and I have stuff for Mookychick and Koru Mag to do), so this month I've been getting some research done. I started first with this article by Malinda Lo - A Beginner's Guide to Researching Your Diverse* Fantasy or Science Fiction Novel. It gives the reader a guide to researching starting from looking at basic information to delving deeper. I know we need diverse books, but how can I portray experiences that are different to my own?
This answer begins with research. I read as much as I could and found a few useful sites which include general information and specific personal experiences. The resources I found the most useful was when people of that minority wrote (from their perspective) about how to write a person like them. Some useful sites include DiversifYA, Writing With Color, and Disability In Kidlit. Also specific articles I found useful was this post about deaf people, this post about Filipino people, and this post on describing skin tone.
I still have a bit of work to do, including reading YA #ownvoices books and talking to people about their experiences, but I think I'm on the right track!
I'll be partially participating in NaNoWriMo (that is after uni is over for the semester), and I hope to get a good chunk of words done. My goal is to write every day (starting on the 15th of November). I'm not aiming to get to the 50 000 word mark, I just want to get something done.
Chapters - 9
Word Count - 16 078
Most Useful Research Article - theo-rp makes a guide: writing D/deaf/HoH characters
Anjulie Te Pohe
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