In this episode of Doing Diversity in Writing, Bethany and guest host Louvie Tucker talk about writing better male characters. This is the second part of a two-part episode on the topic.
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What we talked about
- Physical representation of male characters
- Derogatory language often applied to men and how we might handle it in fiction
- Representation in media that we’ve found encouraging
- Touch and intimacy (primarily nonsexual)
- Using name calling as world building and character communication
(Re)sources mentioned on the show
- Tough by Terry Crews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58636930-tough
- The Mask of Masculinity by Lewis Howes: https://www.maskofmasculinity.com/
- The Art of Manliness: https://www.artofmanliness.com/
- White Rage by Carol Anderson: https://www.professorcarolanderson.org/white-rage
- Reading biographies and memoirs in general.
- Youtube Channel Writing with Jenna Moreci has two good videos on “10 Best Tips for Writing Male Characters”. We sincerely recommend her channel and these episodes in particular: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS_fcv9kBpDN4WWrfcbCrgw
- “How to Write a Damn Good Man” by Robert Wood: (this is the article quoted at the very end of the podcast recording) https://www.standoutbooks.com/writing-male-characters/
Films and novels referenced during the episode
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
- BBC’s Doctor Who (the current series)
- BBC’s Sherlock series
- The Visitor by Louvie Tucker
- The Queen’s Enforcer by Ciara Darren
Find Louvie Tucker’s novel, The Visitor, here. Available in eBook and print form on Amazon, and as an eBook in most online stores.