Pride 2014: Should You Write Only What You Know?

This is a great post on writing LGBTQ+ characters in books. If you are a writer, especially a YA writer, I recommend this read.

Musings From Neville's Navel

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's my attempt to make a Pride flag using LGBTQ+ YA books! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s my attempt to make a Pride flag using LGBTQ+ YA books!

Excellent question, that.

I believe the answer is no.

But wait! There’s so much more to this post than a simple Q&A! After the note, I’ll tell you how and why you should write about what you don’t know.

Note: This post is a behemoth. I tried to make it as short as possible but it’s still two-thousandish words long. Sorry about that. If reading such a long piece may prove exhausting, I suggest that you grab chocolate or something to keep up your energy. Cheers!

Consider “the greats.” J.R.R. Tolkien told of a hobbit’s struggle to destroy an evil ring. J.K. Rowling wrote about a boy wizard who attended a school of magic. Agatha Christie penned story after story about murderers.

All of these authors – among the most successful in the world – wrote…

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