It is so important to add diversity to your writing. It's essential to have conversations like the one I had with VM Burns so we all learn how to represent races and cultures and sexuality intentionally and with authenticity and respect in our writing. Because we live in a diverse world filled with people who are of varying races, cultures, and who practice different religions, and politics, and who may live their lives differently than we do.
There are 10 very good reasons why it is vital for writers to also be readers. Let’s start with this: Successful people read. They read to gain knowledge, to learn about the world, its people, different cultures, and they read, as Oprah Winfrey says, because it is a “path to freedom”. For many people, reading is a hobby. Maybe that hobby is what influenced your decision to write. For writers, however, reading is far more than a hobby. It should be something you do…and do a lot. It should be a priority in your daily life. So, writers, read…and reap the benefits.