I came across this infographic while researching a picture book character I was developing. I was so saddened by the reality of who is and isn't represented. I learn through visuals, so the use of the mirrors held by the characters in proportion to their story representation was a great device. Big thanks to David Huyck for creating such a valuable image and to Sarah Park Dahlen and Molly Beth Griffin for bringing this image to light. My hope is that this image will continue to circulate and eventually sit in the subconscious of writers and illustrators as they ask themselves, "...and what is my character like?"
Sometimes story ideas seem like these heavily fortified castles with no way of infiltration. The treasure is there, spilling out the sides of the idea castle walls. The idea is rich with sparkly unicorns, magical wizards and raised glazed sprinkle donuts. But the idea's entrance and walls are heavily guarded and only one with TRUE talent might gain access.
This is how I've been feeling about one story idea that's been teasing, badgering me to the point of flat out laying-on-the-ground for me to trip on. Each time I start writing I whisper quietly to the paper, "I'm sorry thin slice of tree that this is how you meet your end". There is just no getting around this story ideas - AND YET - I feel like if we as intelligent beings can discover water on Mars and clone cuddly farm animals then I can find a way around this story idea. So pure stubbornness and early morning coffee bribery is at this stage in the battle my only means of attack.