Well, we’ve reached the end of another week but not, apparently, the end of the fallout from the recent RWA RITA contest announcements.
Over on the Teach Me Tonight blog, there were some eye-opening statistics:
2016 US Census data on race/ethnicity
2018 RITA Finalists by race/ethnicity
As we talked about on Wednesday, the RWA Board has acknowledged the problem and is actively looking for solutions. In the meantime, at least two of this year’s finalists – Susanna Kearsle and Ann Aguirre – formally withdrew their books from consideration earlier this week. Additionally, Cherry Adair, who was supposed to be receiving the RWA Lifetime Achievement award this year also withdrew, although her action appears to be in response to criticism about comments she made, rather than a statement that RWA has a diversity problem.
More to come on all of this, I’m sure.
While I don’t have control over the biases (conscious or otherwise) of other people, I do at least have control over the words I do (or don’t) put on the page. To that end, I’ll be spending a little quality time with my pen and notebook when I get home from work this evening. I think I’ll start things off with today’s writing prompt.
Care to join me?
For those of you working away on a story (whether a first draft or a polished version on its way to publication), if you’re not feeling random, we’d love to hear a bit – whether it’s a scene, a paragraph, or even a phrase that you are especially pleased with and would like to share.
If you don’t have a story in progress, or just want to work on something new, I hope today’s story prompt and/or random words will catch your creative fancy.
What if: “Your character inherited a bookstore?”
Feel free to include any (or all) of the following random words:
rebel clock mistaken enrage
fugitive vixen artificial confuse
teeth homicide blank coyotes
void casket farm first
I look forward to seeing your stories in the comments. If you’re not feeling in the writing mood today, or don’t have time, feel free to post suggestions you might have for future “what-if” prompts. Ideas are always welcome.
Happy writing to all!