concept: writing fiction

So, you’re writing a novel where the main characters are 9-14 year olds experiencing life the way 9-14 year olds do in real life. You stay involved with the story when it goes on to become a movie and that’s when you reveal that all of the characters belong to ethnic groups that are political power minorities. Make them, their neighborhood, and their life the baseline for normal. Don’t go out of your way to write them in such a way that the audience realizes you’re hiding race from them, but don’t give it up too easily, either.

Hail the entire audience as being part of the political power minority. Why don’t we make them read as brown girls like we’ve been made to read as white men?


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