Something to think about

Thank you everyone for your comments and support as I pitched my latest story last week.

I’m excited to announce that I got a request for my ya fantasy!

Then I had some hard moments at the conference. The topic came up of authors who write in cultures that are not their own. My ya fantasy is based in historic Japanese and Korean culture. I took elements from both and then melded them into my novel. It is still very obviously Japanese based.

In living in Korea and learning about Japanese culture for the last six years my main goal was to share my love for both. I never expected that this would make my novel a harder sell since I was not born in either culture. This spoke to a bit to my own white privilege that I didn’t think it would be a problem.

It was a sobering thought. I wrote this novel, and I was not only excited to see my improvement as a writer, but to share this world with others.

I spent a good amount of time mad at myself and then feeling sick that I may hurt others with this novel. The characters are now alive in my mind and their story is not over. Thoughts of shelving it and then not writing books two and three seemed like the reasonable choice.

Then my novel that I was about to start was based in a Korean myth with all Korean characters. It was also going to weave in the story of  depression and suicide. Using elements of the myth and the character to speak to those who are suffering in silence. You are all familiar with “My Reasons Why” and how that is a theme that is extremely important to me. I knew this novel would be hard to write in the first place but I thought it was time. Then more thoughts of scrapping it came in my heart. Again, what right did I have to write about a Korean myth?

Throughout all of this a bit of my joy in writing seemed to leave my heart.

Then my writing friends, who knew my story, surrounded me. They encouraged me to continue to write these stories that were on my heart. To keep on going.

I am very blessed to have so many that believe in me. In writing these novels it was never my intention to take away someone else’s story. This was the story that came to my heart. Written in cultures that I love.

I know that in the future I will need to think on hiring sensitivity readers. Since in all my novels I want to be diverse in all aspects of culture, sexuality, body types, and many more. I also have a lot to learn.

This blog that I have ignored for a few months is also part of sharing what I love with others. It is the reason I started it! I wanted to share my love for anime, then I found so many wonderful anime lovers.

So I guess it is time to roll up my sleeves and then get cracking on the next project. This one lived on my heart for the last two years. It will be hard to tell. It will take me back to a time when I myself thought that suicide was the only answer, but it needs to be told.

 

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Author: kimchisama

Anime for the soul.

9 thoughts on “Something to think about”

  1. Congrats on the request for your novel! Writing on a different culture and using different culture’s myths can be walking a dangerous line but, if you’ve studied as much as you clearly have and that is wjere your heart lies, I don’t see anything wrong with it. If you love something, and want to write about it and share it with everyone then you have every right to. Especially since you are taking a lot of care with your work. 😊

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      1. That’s great. It’s a shame they told you not to do that. If one writes about other cultures, races, etc, they do have to do research and ask people if something is right or wrong. Trust me, I’ve had to ask my friends of different ethnic groups if something was alright or not. Sure, I may be an ethnic minority myself, I still want to be respectful when it comes to other cultures.

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  2. So excited to hear about the request! I love that you are mixing the two cultures, with the added mental health. I’ll be first in line to buy your book! You are writing about my two favorite topics – Asia and mental health. I think you should go for it – it’s one thing to be writing an contemporary, But if you are going back in time, then everyone is writing from research. Anyone should be able to write about history! Good luck girl and keep us up to date.

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  3. Congrats on the request! I say you shouldn’t feel ashamed putting aspects of other cultures in your novel. The intent is to share your appreciate on them with others while tackling serious issues. From this origin, I see no reason why you feel ashamed for writing about a culture you weren’t born in. Keep up the work on that novel!

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