Hey, guys, Ruben here. As some of you know, I haven't done a lot of reviews lately, due to my busy life outside of DA.com. I do have a few reviews in the working, including one or 2 that have been dormant in my computer since nearly a year ago, but it's gonna take me a while to finish any of them. Hopefully, I'll have it done in another week. But in the meantime, I have something I wanna share with you.
Now, to all my fellow writers out there: have you ever wanted to make your writing more deep than it already is? Have you ever wanted to make characters that were a lot more rounded than they currently were? Well, if you are, then I'm in the same boat. I've always wanted to write stories with deeper and more rounded characters. One way I've attempted to do that is to give characters emotional weight, like how I plan to put my own emotions and flaws into my self insert OC; Ruben Falcon. Another way I want my to characters to be well rounded is to add diversity to them; having each character be different. Be it difference due to skin tone or race or difference from personality or, for the sake of driven this journal post closer to my point, a difference in sexuality or gender identity. I've wanted to write a character that was a different sexuality than straight. Or even a transgender character. However, the only hurdle that's in my way of that is the fact that I stick to the almighty rule of writer's thumb "Write what you know" and I know what it's like to be a member of the LGBT+ community as much as I know what it's to be a hermit crab. And the last thing I want to do is write a character like that without knowing much about it a risk offending any member of that community who'd read it.
You'd be surprised how sensitive the hermit crab community is.
Luckily, I have
as a close friend, who always helps me learn more about the LGBT+ community through our many conversations and helps me understand about it more than the stereotypes and any common misconceptions. And right now he
has a good idea and I wanted to help him
out, you know, as a way to say thanks.
Polar Bear's idea is for him
to host a writer's workshop sometime this summer. A workshop dedicated to helping people learn how to write LGBT+ characters. Which I'm on board like Donald Duck on the S.S. Anger Issues. So, I'm doing my part by spreading the word of it. There isn't much to know about the idea at this point (like whether is workshop will be streamed on her stream channel or just be a series of instructional essays here on DA.com) but that's just because we're all wearing hard hats on the construction site that is this idea. But there is a way for you all to help, that doesn't require the permit to use power tools.
If you're someone who's interested in learning how to write an LGBT+ character go over to this Status Post
posted and tell him
what exactly you want to learn from his
workshop and hopefully he
will be able to make some progress from there.
In the meantime, I'm Ruben Falcon signing off saying "Yes, I bolded those pronouns for a reason.