In this first episode of Season 2 of Doing Diversity in Writing, we—Bethany and Mariëlle—discuss how to write skin colour.
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What we talked about
- Why we should avoid comparing anyone’s skin tone to food, even if people from a certain community do that among themselves
- Why we should be careful when using the term ‘colored’ to describe black characters and characters of colour
- What descriptions we CAN use and how to get creative
- How important it is to actually look at what you’re describing
- That skin colour isn’t the only way how to convey someone’s racial or ethnic background
(Re)sources mentioned on the show
- “Ethnic group” on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_group
- “Description Guide Skin Color Part I: POC & Food Comparisons” on Writing with Color: https://writingwithcolor.tumblr.com/post/95955707903/skin-writing-with-color-has-received-several
- “Description Guide Skin Color Part II: Words for Skin Tone” on Writing with Color: https://writingwithcolor.tumblr.com/post/96830966357/words-for-skin-tone-how-to-describe-skin-color
- “Tips on words and describing skin for writers”: https://caithyra.tumblr.com/post/51492707550/tips-and-words-on-describing-skin-for-writers
- “If White Characters Were Described Like People of Color in Literature”: https://www.buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/if-white-characters-were-described-like-people-of-color-in-l
- How to Write Black Characters: An Incomplete Guide by Salt and Sage Books: https://www.amazon.com/How-Write-Black-Characters-Incomplete-ebook/dp/B087ZSJ9BN
- The Color Me Beautiful website: https://www.colormebeautiful.com/
- Bethany’s Editing Your Novel’s Structure: Tips, Tricks, and Checklists to Get You From Start to Finish: https://theartandscienceofwords.com/new-book-for-authors/
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