Okay, so I’m bracing myself for a backlash here, but could I just say that I hate anything that divides people whether it is by race, religion or sex but I understand this is just a view point. I’m sure that if this had the header ‘Best books written by men chosen by men’ there would be some comments.
I would love to see an article with the header Best books written by women chosen by Men, Gays, Drag Queens, etc
In a world where we are trying to create unity, I dislike division.
I think my difficulty in understanding this need to categorise each other is left over from my school days. It always seems to me we were being divided into our abilities rather than being given the opportunity to learn from each other. In the playground, there was always the feeling of them and us. The popular kids huddled together talking and whispering and never allowed outsiders in. In my school, boys and girls were taught separately, already we were divided. I so wanted to learn technical drawing more than cookery 😒
In P.E classes, the teacher would single out two children to select their team to play against each other. Again, the slow and clumsy ones were left feeling rejected, not allowed to feel that they belonged or were important enough to be part of the winning team. That the leader didn’t want them because they would make them into losers.
When you create your characters, do you think about their strengths and weaknesses?
In Trump we have all learnt about what will divide a great nation and how quickly it can fall when words become weapons. When we highlighted our differences and don’t include everyone we are creating problems for ourselves. Again, I understand when we create a level playing there will always be winners and losers.
The level playing field isn’t about taking away the opportunities from those who excel, but about giving those who might not have the opportunities a chance to compete. Take a tv program like Britain got Talent or (whatever country you come from). Every contestant has their chance to shine no matter what, for once they are equal. It isn’t about your wealth, your religion, your sex or age, but about your raw talent, your ability to stand up in front of audience and judges. This is what I like about writing for competitions and submissions. I’m not being judged on the colour of my skin, where I come from, my background, my lack of religion but my words and how I create my magic in telling my tales. If my work is rejected, I don’t take it personally.
When creating characters we know they have to be flawed because they have to grow within our stories to be realistic so our readers can relate to them. To be able to see either themselves or someone they know in them. None of us are perfect, we all grow and develop throughout our life. Our challenges help us to grow and relate to others, to understand their needs, wants and emotions. This stops us from becoming self-centred.
Back to the article. Yes, it’s interesting to read about women’s view points after decades of males dominations, but I’m ready to move on and open the door to learn about other people’s view points too. What do Japanese women writers think of English women writers books or maybe African women writers think of Chinese women writers’ books?
Have a great day writing ✍️ whoever you maybe. Please be polite in your comments below. ❤️