How To Write Diversity

I know, I know, it’s not Saturday yet, but bear with me for a sec.

I felt that this blog post by B.D. Hesse came at a very appropriate time, especially after the Academy Award nominations were announced this morning and in the aftermath of the Golden Globes back on Sunday. It’s true that we can only understand about another individual’s experiences to a certain degree, but the reality of the matter is that we will never know what it’s like to be in their shoes. As obvious of advice it may seem, I think it’s necessary to learn, for it is a skill set writers and other storytellers need to learn to hone in the future to come.

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Diversity is a difficult thing to write about. One of the biggest problems with writing diversity is we only have one set of experiences. We can hear and learn about other peoples’ experiences, but we can’t live them. We can’t really know what those experiences are like. There is also the issue of what is okay and what isn’t. We may want to add gender, sexuality, racial, etc. diversity into our stories, but it is very intimidating to add that diversity when you aren’t a member of a certain group. So how do we add diversity to our stories?

There are a number of ways to add diversity without having lived the experiences and without being offensive. The best way to do so is to talk about people within the group. If you’re a white woman and you want a black man as a character in your story, talk to…

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