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Writing advice question: I’m torn between “minorities want representation that doesn’t revolve around minority-ness” and “if it can be cut without affecting anything, it’s not good representation” Like, I’ve got one scene where all characters state their sexualities, which doesn’t feel sufficient, but I also don’t wanna write romance. And for race, I have physical descriptions but it’s a fantasy world and showing cultures doesn’t translate right. Thanks!
I’ve struggled for a long time with answering this ask in a meaningful way, and I think I finally figured out why. I could give you my opinion on what makes good representation and what doesn’t and how to do it. But at the end of the day, that’s just one WOC’s answer and it’s not all encompassing. It wouldn’t be that helpful since I would just be telling you my opinion on what to do/what not to do which is limiting for you and it’s just one person’s opinion. I also think it’s much more meaningful if you discover that yourself.
It sounds like you want to be more inclusive and make meaningful characters of diverse backgrounds. That’s fantastic. Explicitly stating something is also a really good first step.
What I imagine your next step to be is this: Find the answer to “what is good representation?”.
You can’t write good representation without knowing what it is. And the difficult part of this question is that every minority group is different and has different needs/wants for representation. Understanding what “good representation” means to various groups and individuals is as important as actually writing it, and there’s no better place to start than by their own words.
What I would advise you to do is find some books that is generally regarded as good representation of [minority group]. It could be TV shows, comics, movies, video games, anything you want, but a book might be more useful since you are trying to write a story. I’m sure there are tons of lists, articles, thought pieces, videos, etc online discussing what is an example of good representation or not. Read through yourself, and actively read it with your writer hat on. Here are some possible things to keep an eye out for:
Once you’ve gone through the book — and this is the most important part — find out what other people think about it! See if you can find people of that minority background talk about how they felt about it, what they think was done well, and what they think could have been done better. It would probably be easier to find more reviews like this for a more popular, mainstream book but as long as you can find people reviewing it, anything works.
You can also find a book with bad representation to see what was done badly, so you see what not to do. Critical reviews of bad representation is also valuable.
Be sure to consult others, and to look for people of the represented background and hear what they think! What do they think is good representation, and what they would like to see more! What books did they like? What books did they dislike? What more do they want to see? What could be done better?
If you can find any sensitivity readers, they will be a good consult as well.
For representation of various ethnicities @writingwithcolor is a fantastic resource. Not only do they have an amazing mod team that have already answered the exact questions you’re having in their FAQ, they also have POC Profiles that will help you get started in figuring out the answer to the “what is good representation” question.
Do more research as well! What is good representation? What do people consider good representation? You have the internet and the world is your oyster. It’s filled with a lot of really good, in-depth resources regarding diversity and representation that will broaden your horizons and enrich your writing. Embark on the wonderful quest of discovering good representation!
It’s great that you want to be more diverse and have good representation in your stories. Now in order to do that, you should go out and figure out what exactly that means! Once you have more tools in your arsenal and a better understanding of what good representation is, I think you’ll have an easier time implementing it into your writing.
Once you’ve done that and you want to discuss your newfound knowledge with someone, feel free to stop on by :) I can give you more specific input and ideas then.
Hope this helps!
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See, if you google “frog tongue” you’ll get these fake as hell photoshops because a frog’s real tongue isn’t really much longer than its skull.
These other photos are real ones, most of them extended about as far as they go:
Here’s pretty much the VERY longest their tongues ever look:
And even this isn’t as long as it looks, because like I mention in a other post, the tongue begins at the front rather than the back of their mouth. What’s actually cool and unique about it is that it therefore has to fold backwards to fit inside the mouth and flips forward to catch bugs. There aren’t perfectly clear photos of that so here’s more doodles:
love triangles can’t exist without at least 1 lgbt person. cishets just don’t know how shapes work
I’ve created this helpful info graphic
Most of the characters that people call a love triangle is really just a love corner. And the woman is usually backed into it.
december 1st! the first day of
not drawing jewish characters in christmas sweaters and honoring canon jewish characters and jewish headcanons by drawing them in hannukah sweaters with menorahs and blue and white instead of christmas sweaters and pine trees and red and green
that would be a great step, but that’s also still very much inspired by christmas, because the whole “chanukah sweater” thing is just catering to christmas norms.
want some ideas for how to draw or write jewish characters doing something warm, fuzzy, cute, and holiday themed, without anything christmas-y?
- character(s) playing dreidel: laughing, pointing fingers, menorah in the background, donuts on the table, music playing, coins clinking on the table, everyone staring in concentration as the dreidel spins, someone is attempting sabotage, pausing for latkes, shaking the table to get it to fall on someone else’s turn
- eating chocolate coins (called gelt): they’re melting too fast and getting all over their hands or mouths, milk chocolate vs dark chocolate, trading coins of different types and sizes, if it’s ship art then one can be teasing the other about it, kissing the chocolate at the edge of the other’s mouth
- making/eating latkes: standing over a hot stove together, sizzling oil, hugs from behind while one character makes them, fighting over the spatula for who gets to flip them, flipping one too high, biting into a latke together, peeling potatoes, juggling potatoes
- lighting the menorah: holding the shamash together while lighting it, hugs from behind while looking at the menorah, saying the brachah aloud, singing maoz tzur, playing instruments, just sitting next to the candles and watching them burn, silhouettes in front of the menorah, holding hands
- opening presents: standing next to the menorah or sitting on the floor in front of it, laughing, ripping paper, excitement, things flying in the air, can be emotional meaningful gifts or funny humorous ones
there are so many great concepts for drawing (and writing!) jewish characters over the holidays, and most of them haven’t even been done before so no excuses!
No more white women with ice powers. I want an inuit superhero with ice powers, and her suit is inspired by traditional inuit parkas
And her hair and eye color remains their natural dark shade. No blue eyes and white hair, we’ve had enough of that
Ask and ye shall receive. Here’s Marvel’s Inuk superhero, Amka Aliyak, who goes by the name Snowguard.
She can fly, shapeshift, and manipulate the energies of the Aurora Borealis and the Arctic Circle (that last seems pretty close to having power over ice). Oh, and she’s infused with the literal power of a god. And an Inuk consultant was heavily involved in the character’s creation.
Will she do?
For anyone who wants to read about her, Amka makes her first appearance in Champions vol. 2#21 and is a regular character in the series!
This is exactly what I was looking for, thank you
writing prompts for writers with no motivation
- pick a topic you know nothing about and write about it like you’re the expert. just make stuff up. Tell us all about the complicated history of scissors or whatever and how left handed scissors were banned by the Catholic Church until 1978, or something
- Create completely over-the-top self indulgent OC’s. Write about the magical half-unicorn witch with rainbow hair and sparkly purple eyes that you wanted to be when you were 14.
- Write a negative review of a book that doesn’t exist. Just make stuff up off the top of your head to complain about.
- Write smut, but like, intentionally bad smut. make it as unsexy/pretentious/purple/unrealistic as possible. Find the most convoluted metaphors for your characters’ genitalia that you can possibly conceive of.
- pick two of any kind of work of fiction (movies, books, etc) and come up with an “X meets Y” style blurb for a hypothetical work of fiction that…in theory??…meets the two in the middle.
- lists of names in a specific style, but they get progressively more ridiculous. examples: pirates, supervillains, Vikings, Fantasy™ taverns, puritans, settings on a Fantasy™ map, boybands, YA dystopian protagonists, warrior cats, any category you can find on a name generator website really
- Make up some unhinged political opinion or conspiracy theory for a fantasy setting. spend a paragraph in the persona of some elf antivaxxer arguing that wizard staffs make you gay
- make titles (and if you want, synopses) for books that don’t exist. you can base them on real books if you want
- write fake sayings, inspirational quotes, fortune-cookie sayings. Make them sound almost like they mean something at first glance but they’re incomprehensible when you try to delve into them. Or make them just weird.
- In a similar vein as the SCP Wiki’s Log of Anomalous Items, come up with magical or “anomalous” versions of everyday objects. You can start with stuff on your desk if you like. Water bottles that fill up with horseshoe crab blood if left unattended. or whatever. Include details on where they were found if you want.
- write about questionable super heroes with weird or overly specific powers. Like the little known Blue Footed Booby Man
- write a “horror” story or creepypasta but it’s like…as stupid and not-scary as possible. Dont just depend on “the twist/scary thing is super cliche and predictable” for it either, see how you can take an actually effective concept and make it unbearably dumb
- invent swear words/insults, the more complex the better
- plagiarize. By this I mean write something that’s completely made from sentences from other things and try to make it coherent
- write one (1) scene from the most outrageously cool and epic hypothetical story you can imagine. just try to cram as many references to magical flying wolf bounty hunters and inter-dimensional dragon priests and time traveling samurai as you can with literally no regard for anything
- Take a sentence or paragraph and replace every word you can in it with a synonym. either try to make it as weird and uncomfortable as possible, or just keep doing this in a telephone game sort of fashion until it’s no longer comprehensible.
I want to do some of these or possibly all of them myself and I may post it if the result is funny
Long skirts were markers of class almost as much as gender. Both men and women in the European middle ages wore extravagantly long garments to indicate both “I’m so rich I can afford THIS MUCH fabric” and “I don’t walk in the mud, I pay servants to do that for me.”
Skirt hiking: Definitely a Thing. (Janet’s tied her kirtle green/above the knee and not below…)
Feminist fantasy is funny sometimes in how much it wants to shit on femininity for no goddamned reason. Like the whole “skirts are tools of the patriarchy made to cripple women into immobility, breeches are much better” thing.
(Let’s get it straight: Most societies over history have defaulted to skirts for everyone because you don’t have to take anything off to relieve yourself, you just have to squat down or lift your skirts and go. The main advantage of bifurcated garments is they make it easier to ride horses. But Western men wear pants so women wearing pants has become ~the universal symbol of gender equality~)
The book I’m reading literally just had its medievalesque heroine declare that peasant women wear breeches to work in the field because “You can’t swing a scythe in a skirt!”
Hm yes story checks out
peasant women definitely never did farm labour in skirts
skirts definitely mean you’re weak and fragile and can’t accomplish anything
skirts are definitely bad and will keep you from truly living life
no skirts for anyone, that’s definitely the moral of the story here
Now, a skirt that’s too long will be harder to work in–skirts brushing the floor may look elegant, but is also a tripping hazard–but that is not a problem with skirts in general, it’s a problem with that particular skirt not being suited to being worked in.
Skirts are very practical. You can hike them up if you’re hot or need more freedom to maneuver (this is called “girding your loins”). If you need to carry something, you can lift up your hem and make a pouch just like the person in yellow in the bottom picture above. If you need to handle something hot, a skirt generally has enough material you can hold it out from your body to use as a hot pad. (Tight skirts were only used by people who didn’t need to work/move until the invention of elastic fabric.)
that’s where “gird your loins” came from???
Writeblrs, sugar cubes were not invented until 1843. This has been a PSA.
Despite the fact that I am not deaf, mute, or blind myself, one of the most common questions I receive is how to portray characters with these disabilities in fiction.
As such, I’ve compiled the resources I’ve accumulated (from real life deaf, mute, or blind people) into a handy masterlist.
Dialogue with signing characters (also applies to mute characters.)
Characters Who Are Blind in One Eye
If you have any more resources to add, let me know! I’ll be adding to this post as I find more resources.
I hope this helps, and happy writing! <3
Updated with more resources, specifically for characters who are blind in one eye.
Reader: wow! I’m so curious how you’re going to fit everything you’ve been foreshadowing in here!
Me, frantically flipping through my notes, trying to figure out if I’ve accidentally foreshadowed something I Shouldn’t Have: ummm, yes. Right. Uh, just for fun, would you mind telling me what, that would be… exactly.
bill shakespeare in like 1606 writing The Famous Tragedie Or Whatever Of Scottish King MacBitch: tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day
people living through the 2020 pandemic:
Are we sure Shakespeare didn’t write that line when he was stuck indoors, on his seventh cup of mead, during an outbreak of the plague or something
Guess what, Shakespeare lived through FOUR major outbreaks of the Bubonic Plague (including the time when- yep- he wrote MacB)
Imagine doing this four times.
(actually he survived five if you count when he was an infant)
A character of color sacrificing themselves to save white characters is AS DAMAGING a fictional trope as Bury Your Gays and i’m tired of fellow queer people pretending otherwise