Representation in YA categorically needs to be better. Yes, it’s improving, yes albeit slowly, the field is becoming more diverse.
It is no-where near perfect, however.
There are so many readers of YA that find themselves under-represented, and I am in no position to talk or evaluate their points of view, so I shall just be focusing on my personal experience, as a ‘plus-size’ reader struggling to truly find herself in the places she chooses to escape.
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I did it again, I disappeared. This might be my quickest disppearance yet.
I know my own problem; I’m a mood writer. Unless I’m in the right frame of mind I can’t get the words out, no matter how hard I try, I just end up staring at the blank screen. I get increasingly furiated at myself when this happens, and any motivation I had left swiftly abandons me.
I still do not know how to push through this mental block – and therefore my blogging severely suffers for it. I truly enjoy blogging, and I love to write. Yet I can’t get the two cohesive enough yet for my blogging to remain consistent for longer than a month.
Right now, I’m in the mood to rant, therefore this piece has flowed out of me like an avalanche. And that frustrates me too. Why now? Why are the words coming so freely and repidly now, yet when I want to write reviews, articles and other discussions I freeze up? Why does the wall find itself constructed so easily?
I’m sure there are dozens of helpful tips and tricks scattered all over the internet but i haven’t found anything too truly get me out of this funk yet. I don’t know if I’d call it writers block, because most of the time it doesn’t feel like a block. It just feels… empty. Which is definitely the best way to describe it. I’m sure one day I’ll figure it out.
To be honest, I don’t know if this post has a resolution yet. Perhaps it’s a long-winded explanation of my absences from the blogosphere. Maybe I’m just reaching out and hopefully someone else will find solace in the fact that blogging doesn’t have to be consistent to be enjoyable.
Yes, in a dream world, I’d get at least one post out a week, preferrably two! I’m just not in a place where I can achieve that yet. And to set such goals would inevitably end up in failure and discouraging me more.
I like and hope that my content is at least good when it does happen, and I enjoy what I do eventually manage to get out. I genuinely enjoy writing my opinions and ideas on books and such down and once I get a handle on my mood writing, definitely plan to expland the content of my blog to include other interests I enjoy; movies, tv shows and games essentially.
I’ve already started to incorporate them with From Page to Screen and From Game to Screen, and ideally, will go on from there.
Essentially, just don’t give up on this blog guys. It will get there, it’s just a slow process.