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
The Geek Feminist Revolution
by Kameron Hurley
“This is an essential book for working and aspiring authors. It’s part writing advice, part call to revolution, part manual for how to be a writer and an activist and a loudmouth even when (especially when) you’re not a straight, white, cisgender man. This book is the next step in the conversation about how to write the Other. Hurley’s essays are a beacon, signaling to writers in the trenches that they’re not alone, and they’re not imagining how hard it is to push against the mainstream, or how the culture shoves back ten times harder.”
―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
- Writing the Margins from the Centre and Other Moral Geometries by Amal El-Mohtar
- Max Gladstone on Bees and Diversity
Should White People Write About People of Color?
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
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
But It’s Just Fiction!
Native activist and scholar Debbie Reese explains why “just fiction” matters.
Relevant Writing Excuses Podcast Episodes
- 11.46: Colonialism, with Steven Barnes, Tempest Bradford, DongWon Song, and Shveta Thakrar
- 6.15: Writing Other Cultures with Lauren Beukes
- 6.16: Gender Roles–Black, White, and Gray with Keffy Kehrli
- 7.40: Writing the Other with Maurice Broaddus
- 9.46: Disability in Narrative with Charlie Harmon
- 11.22: Examining Unconscious Biases with Shannon Hale