Further Up, and Further In | Books on Craft | Free Online Resources
After you’ve read Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, read these books to deepen your understanding.
Invisible: Personal Essays on Representation in SF/F
edited by Jim C. Hines
“…part of what makes a good story is that it’s honest. I want the characters to feel true. I want the world to feel like a genuine reflection of ours. Even the most distant fantasy worlds or science fictional universes have a connection to our own. … It’s not about quotas or checklists. It’s about recognizing our own assumptions and defaults. … That means looking around. Listening to people. Moving beyond stereotypes and assumptions, and writing well-rounded characters.”
― Jim C. Hines at Book Smugglers
Invisible 3: Essays and Poems on Representation in SF/F
edited by Jim C. Hines and Mary Anne Mohanraj
“…there is no One True Way of being any identity… Every perspective, every experience, offers a deeper understanding of what it means to see yourself, even a part of yourself, reflected in media, and maybe even understood by others. Every essay, every poem, speaks to us of the power of mirrors:
‘There is no mirror for me.’ Jo Gerrard writes in their poem Unseen, Unheard. ‘My voice does not echo / from the page.’
Let’s make more mirrors more the mirrorless.”
― from the introduction by K Tempest Bradford
“Racist writing is… a craft failure.” –Kwame Dawes
Many issues when writing the Other crop up due to mistakes in craft. Each of these books talks about character and language in a way that will give you an excellent foundation for learning higher level skills.
Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction
by Jeff VanderMeer
A small collection of links curated by Writing the Other teachers. A more comprehensive library of online resources is available to alumni of our classes, workshops, and retreats.
Why Should I Write Inclusive Fiction?
- Representation Matters: A Literary Call To Arms
- 7 Casually Racist Things White Writers Do
- Writing the Margins from the Centre and Other Moral Geometries by Amal El-Mohtar
- Max Gladstone on Bees and Diversity
- Mexican-American author and poet David Bowles on #ownvoices, representation, allyship, guests, and assorted issues dealing with POC characters/stories being written by white folks. [Twitter thread]
Resources By Identity Category
- Writing Characters of Different Races and Ethnicities
- Writing Characters of Different Genders | Trans, Non-Binary, Cisgender, More
- Writing Characters With Different Sexual Orientations
- Writing Characters With Disabilities
- Intersectionality and Characterization
Worldbuilding and Cultural Appropriation
- The Cultural Appropriation Primer — Click through and read all the links, not just the summaries.
- Representing Marginalized Voices in Historical Fiction and Fantasy
- The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt #60: ‘Writing the Other’ with Nisi Shawl and Daniel José Older
- Writing Excuses #11.46: Colonialism, with Steven Barnes, Tempest Bradford, DongWon Song, and Shveta Thakrar
- Writing Excuses #6.15: Writing Other Cultures with Lauren Beukes
- Writing Excuses #6.16: Gender Roles–Black, White, and Gray with Keffy Kehrli
- Writing Excuses #7.40: Writing the Other with Maurice Broaddus
- Writing Excuses #9.46: Disability in Narrative with Charlie Harmon
- Writing Excuses #11.22: Examining Unconscious Biases with Shannon Hale