Here’s a little discussion I wanted to post about because too many people get away with it and it’s just wrong. If you’re a writer and your characters are diverse in:
Please, please, please do your research! Don’t’ just go onto Pinterest or scroll through Tumblr thinking that’s how you’ll learn about someone’s culture. For example I am Ukrainian, ace/aro and ADHD and whenever I see stories depicting characters with stereotypical labels it not only hurts, but shows how little the creator did their research.
In all my works of fiction my characters aren’t labeled by any of this. It’s EXTREMELY important to include diversity in all your work, but don’t make that the main plot of your story. That’s why character driven stories are the best in every media because labels don’t exist. Just like real life, diversity is something to be respected.
Here’s how you can do your research:
TALK WITH FRIENDS/PEERS - If your character is a different culture, sexuality, race, etc. talk with someone who would love to share this with you. The best research is when you talk with others about what they love and who they are.
VISIT LIBRARIES, MUSEUMS, HISTORICAL SOCIETIES - Take the time to visit public places with friends, family or even by yourself. You can even make it a field trip!
CONTACT LOCAL OR ONLINE EXPERTS - In every field there are experts who want to share their knowledge. Don’t be afraid to email or even call them about your questions. They are always kind and would love talking about their passions
These are just a few tips, but there are so many others you can follow when creating. Yes, research is homework, but it’s fun and a great way for you to show respect.
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