I want to introduce you to a Tumblr site for people who want to write PoC in their novels. This site clearly, coherently, with a minimum of fuss, and lots of links to other sites, explains what the stereotypes are for different groups of PoC, why they’re bad, and how to avoid them. How to write about Black skin and hair without referring to food, the different stereotypes between Latinas and Black women, and how to write engaging, complex Men of Color.
Writing With Color Top Posts + Other Useful Ones
Oh hey– here’s a list ranked by Writing With Color’s most popular posts since opening in 2014 up till now, the start of 2017. Pulled together for the interest and usefulness for readers like you. Thank you.
Top 7 Popular Original Posts
- Words for Skin Tone – This two part guide offers an array of words for describing skin color. Part I focuses on the problems with food descriptors. Part II provides alternatives. (68k+ Notes)
- Common Micro-aggressions: African Americans and/or Black People – An extensive list of common micro-aggressions towards Black people with some links for further reading. (46k)
- Words to Describe Hair – As with the words for skin tone, an offering of words to describe hair, from curls to different colors. (34k+)
- Black and White Symbolism: A Look into the Trope – Discusses concept of black as evil and white as good, from its history & problem implications. Guide offers alternatives & solutions. (10k)
- Describing Accents – An example-based post for describing accents and voices. (5k)
- How to Research your Racially/Ethnically Diverse Characters – Self-explanatory. (5k)
- Describing Asian Eyes – A guide to describing Asian eyes with further useful commentary. (4k)
Other recommended WWC Posts.
- The Key to Moving Beyond Checklisting is Not Less Diversity – “The problem with pasted-on diversity is not the diversity; it’s the pasted on part.”
- Stereotyped vs Nuanced Characters and Audience Perception – Discusses one of our more common ask themes: the writing (or rather, the not writing) of stereotypes.
- When We Read: Mod Wishlist – A list of what we as mods would like to see of ourselves in media. Check out the Native American WL too.
- Bad Representation vs Tokenism vs Diversity just existing without justification like in the real world -Title says it all.
- Stereotyping Tropes List – A categorized tropes list reposted from the TV Tropes website with links to their topics on the subject matter.
Please visit the site.Even if you’re not a writer, it has some interesting articles if you want to learn about things like: intersectional feminism and basic racial terms.