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Write here, Write now

NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH IS THE PERFECT TIME TO TELL YOUR STORY, SAYS DIVA’S BOOKS EDITOR KAITE WELSH

As you might have spotted, there’s a bit of a theme running through this issue. But whether you’re an obsessive bookworm or more of a casual reader, you’ll have noticed one thing – despite the incredible talent of the LGBT community, there still aren’t enough queer female stories on the shelves. If we want media that’s truly representative of our lives and experiences, we have to make it ourselves. Luckily, National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner. NaNoWriMo, as it’s known to aficionados, takes place every November and participants are challenged to write 50,000 words of a novel over the month – if that sounds intimidating, it works out as 1,667 words a day. Anyone can take part – all you need to do is sign up at nanowrimo.org where over 400,000 other writers will be hanging out in the forums, swapping plot twists and cheering each other on. You’ll get regular writing tips emailed to you over the course of the month from famous writers like Neil Gaiman, and by the end of it, you’ll have a first draft. It’s like magic, if magic involved a lot of coffee, swearing at Microsoft Word and working out which characters to kill off (hint: not the lesbians. This isn’t 2016).

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Comedian, actor, author and all-round superstar Margaret Cho has been thrilling audiences around the world for more than 20 years, and we’re delighted to have her on our cover this month. In a revealing interview with Jane Czyzselska, she talks about “yellow face”, the threat of nuclear war, and her new provocative new show Fresh Off The Bloat. Also in this issue… Munroe Bergdorf joins the DIVA team! The King and I: Carrie Lyell meets tennis legend Billie Jean King The Hearts will go: Donna Deitch on the legacy of her iconic film Desert Hearts Toya Delazy: Roxy Bourdillon chats to the real life Powerpuff Girl Mo Kenney on her new record The Details Same-sex parenting 101: A handy guide to navigating life as a queer mama Write here, write now: Books editor Kaite Welsh looks ahead to National Novel Writing Month Queer classics revisited PLUS: Homotopia, travel and so much more!
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