Is that Usual? Does it Matter?

Hello again, and welcome to this week’s creative writing tip!

In your writing, look out for stereotypes. If I say β€œgrandma” to you, what image comes to mind? Grandparents of ten-year-old children are more likely to be in their fifties and sixties than seventies and eighties. And they’re not all sat at home with a cat/rug on their knee – they are likely to be at work and busy! I know because I have a ten-year-old grandson. πŸ™‚

older lady with camera
Keep an eagle eye out for dads washing cars while mums bake, or boys playing football while girls go shopping.

Still with characters: it’s important to be inclusive. Could one of your characters have a disability? Are several ethnic groups represented in your story?

Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson

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Janet

 

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