If you’ve been following the latest developments in the writing community, I’m sure you know the above statement : “We Need Diverse Books”. It shows a willingness from the writers, editors and readers to write, publish and read more books which include underrepresented minorities.
As a writer, it can be a bit intimidating to create characters from a different background than ours, or with a disability we don’t have. Research is key to write diverse characters and do them justice.
Here are a couple of helpful websites that can help you in this endeavour:
DiversifYA : this site offers a range of interviews with people who’ve experienced racial diversity, cultural and religious diversity, sexuality and gender diversity, disability, neurodiversity, and (mental) illness.
Writing With Color: this blog gives advice to writers on how to write diverse characters. It also answers questions writers might have on this topic.
We Need Diverse Books: this site offers great reading recommendations, if you’re looking for examples of diverse books which are already published.
So tell me, do you know any other useful websites for writers about diverse books? Feel free to leave us a comment below!