Writing Diverse Characters

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Head over to your bookshelf and pull out a random book. Who is the main character? There’s a likely chance your main character is straight, white and able-bodied. Right?

The purpose of books, especially children’s and young adult books, is to see the world through new eyes. But readers still see the world primarily through the eyes of straight, white, able-bodied characters.

Despite the beautiful, diverse world we live in, literature doesn’t do nearly enough to represent that.
You’re a writer – you CAN do something about it!

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Dreams and Logic

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Creativity and imagination – two essential tools for any writer. 

While learning grammar and practising writing techniques are all super important, you’ll never be a great writer without a great imagination.

The good news is that you already have one of the best tools you’ll ever need to expand your imagination. Do you know what it is?

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When to use ‘I’ and when to use ‘me’

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When do you use ‘I’ and when do you use ‘me’?

It’s a deceptively tricky question, but I’ll bet even you have trouble with it sometimes!

The question is this: when do you use ‘I’ and when do you use ‘me’?

Generally, we don’t tend to have much trouble when the only person in the sentence is just you, like:

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Don’t be passive; get active!

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This month, we’re having a look at the passive and active voice in your writing. If you haven’t heard about the passive and active voice before, that’s ok – let’s jump in and find out what it’s all about.

To understand the difference, you’ll need to understand some basic grammar terms. A little boring, maybe (I mean, not for me, I’m a grammar nerd and proud of it!), but an important skill for any writer is knowing how to pull a sentence apart and look at the pieces. So, let’s look at these parts of a sentence first.

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