You want my favourite writing (and drawing) resources? You want my personal guides? You got ’em! The list is very short for now, but will grow as I collect more links.
Writing diverse characters is something I can’t shut up about, so here are a few of my favourite resources in that regard. If you’re afraid to branch away from “writing what you know,” it’s time to know something new:
- Writing People of Color by MariNaomi
This is a great article that rounds up POC writing advice from comic creators. Best of all, it’s largely presented in comic form.
- Writing With Color: Description Guide by Writing with Color
Fabulous blog post with specific non-food words for various skin colours as well as tips on how and when to use them. The blog has a number of great posts, though I find this one particularly useful.
- The Need for a Gender-Neutral Pronoun (unattributed)
An excellent discussion about available and new gender-neutral pronouns in English, with examples and pros/cons. This isn’t the freshest take (2010), but it’s one that I still see many people refer back to.
- Drawing People by Joumana Medlej
This obviously isn’t about writing, but if you’re struggling to draw non-white characters (like I did! do?), this book (or ebook) is a great resource! Most of the content (plus other great tutorials!) is also online for free, right here.
Writing & Revision
It’s hard to make something great without some help. The following links are all about the more technical aspects of planning, writing and revising your writing:
- Novel Plotting with a Storyboard, by yours truly
One of my most viewed entries, this post outlines how I used a physical storyboard to help re-plot my messy first draft. This method uses screenwriting-based “sequences” to organize scenes, which helped me to plot and condense my story, and gave direction to my revision efforts.
- Dia[b]logue: how to write talky bits, by yours truly
Questions about dialogue come up a lot, and it’s one of my favourite things to write, so I made this quick guide to help others with their talky bits!
If you’re writing fantasy, sci-fi or another genre that lives in a secondary world, you might like to check these links:
- Vulgar: A Language Generator
Vulgar is a powerful constructed language generator – for all your fantasy language needs!