Building a character's world

Building a character's world

I've been purposely quieter on the internet this summer because I've felt like I needed a break from the noise. I probably follow too many political pundits and not enough calming voices. But I'm also sort of defensively taking some space for myself as I approach two things: the publication of A Line in the Dark in October, and the start of drafting my next novel.

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Things to know if you're applying to my YA Workshop at the Lambda Emerging Writers Retreat

Things to know if you're applying to my YA Workshop at the Lambda Emerging Writers Retreat

From August 5–12, 2017, I will be teaching the Young Adult Fiction workshop at the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. If you’re considering applying to the retreat, I’ve put together this post to give you more information about it.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Researching Your Diverse* Fantasy or Science Fiction Novel

A Beginner’s Guide to Researching Your Diverse* Fantasy or Science Fiction Novel

Questions about how to do research are among the most common questions I hear when it comes to writing books based on non-white cultures. Often the questions are like this: “Are there any resources that will be sure to help?” (emphasis mine) The answer is: no. There is no guarantee that any resources will be universally seen as true and right.

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On Self-Rejection and Writing From a Marginalized Perspective

On Self-Rejection and Writing From a Marginalized Perspective

Over the weekend I caught the tail end of a Twitter discussion centered on the hashtag #dontselfreject, created by writer and editor Rose Lemberg in response to an essay by writer and editor Nisi Shawl in the literary quarterly The Cascadia Subduction Zone. Nisi Shawl’s essay, titled “Unqualified,” is about how difficult it is for writers of color, and particularly African American writers (Nisi is African American, among other identities), to develop the confidence to try to get published — essentially, how hard it is to believe that their stories are valuable and worth it.

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