Write Your Candy Dragons by Tova Seltzer Anyone who has ever pushed past the fantasy of “being a writer” and actually written can tell you that writing isn’t always fun. It’s not always sitting down dreamily at an antique desk with a big mug of herbal tea, looking out over a cozy snowy vista, and letting the words flow easily for hours on end until you have a perfect draft.

You care about writing diversely. You know how important it is to have accurate representation in your stories. You want to include characters whose experience is outside of yours. It’s easy to find examples of writing gone wrong, but where do you start to get it right?

The best way to understand a period in history is to look at the culture’s art and literature. Who knows how historians will make sense of what was said and done in our current era, but living in this moment, the changes that are occurring in fiction are already apparent.