Writing Prophecies: How to Write Diversity the RIGHT Way

Hello everybody! I come here today with another Writing Prophecies post! It’s been a while, I know, but I’m back here with a post on how to write diversity in your book!

But. If you decide that you’d like to diversify your book (which I HIGHLY recommend you do), you better do it the right way! You might be wondering “Well, Savannah, how do I know if I’m writing diversity the right way or not?”

Well, my friend, that’s what this post is for! So make yourself some popcorn and tea and sit back and relax while I educate you on the ways you can a) include diversity in your book and b) write diversity correctly.

side note: I’m not an expert as I’m not diverse myself but I listen to those who are diverse

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Like I always mention with these posts, I’m not a professional – and something that is also important when it comes to this post in particular – I’m not diverse. I’m white and I’m straight. But. I’m a huge advocate for diversity of all kinds and I want to do everything I can in order to make sure that diversity is represented correctly, mainly by the common white folk like me who want to diversify the books we write.

As far as issues in YA go, misrepresented POC and the LGBTQA+ community is the most talked about issue of all issues. Honestly, it’s not that hard to represent these diverse individuals in your books if you don’t fit into either of these groups like I do.

If you want to bring a voice to diversity and you’re white, I don’t see why you shouldn’t do it. If – and this is a big if – you research and write the diversity correctly. This is crucial because what’s the point of writing diversity if it’s written badly and/or is misrepresentation?

Here are the ways you can ensure you’re writing diversity the RIGHT way!

Research

Yes, I know, we all hate research, but it’s so important! You have no idea how much research will a) make writing easier for you and b) ensure that you don’t screw anything up when it comes to the hard facts.

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Ask somebody diverse

If you’re writing a book with a bisexual main character but you’re not sure how to write a character of that sexuality, ask somebody who is bisexual! I highly doubt they’ll turn down the chance to get their sexuality represented the correct way. Even if they do say no, there are always loads of people out there willing to help!

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Find beta readers

Once you finish writing your book and you’re on the lookout for beta readers – ask somebody that gets represented in your book! Get feedback directly from those that you write about so that once the book hits the shelves you’ll be confident that your book has accurate representation.

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Make it natural

I cannot stress this enough. Diversity is a natural thing, so when you write it, don’t make a big deal out of having diversity! What I mean by this is, if you have diverse characters let them be diverse without mentioning their diversity every five seconds. And books with diverse characters don’t have to center around their diversity.

People are more than their skin color. People are more than their sexuality. People are more than their religion. People are more than their mental illness. Diverse people are still people!

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here I am talking about diversity and 95% of the people in these gifs are white *sigh*
but Ellen’s gay and Sherlock is probably bi so

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I really enjoyed writing this post for you guys! Hopefully you enjoyed reading it and learning about ways to write diversity because it’s so important! I try my best to include as much diversity into the books I write as possible and I hope you decide to do it as well. Don’t be scared, just ensure that you accurately portray the diversity in your writing.

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9 thoughts on “Writing Prophecies: How to Write Diversity the RIGHT Way

  1. This is such a great piece, and really important. The last part I think is one that isn’t mentioned often – PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. Writers don’t need to pat themselves on the back by mentioning the MC is a PoC every third paragraph. Nobody in the story is looking over at them every few minutes and thinking that.

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    • thebookprophet

      Thank you so much! I’m happy you enjoyed it 🙂 Yes, it’s so important that authors realize that it’s good to have rep, but it doesn’t need to be mentioned all the time.

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  3. Cait @ Paper Fury

    It’s definitely very important to write diversely! And I think it’s also important to be super careful about it…like not to culture appropriate or write stories of characters that are too far outside your reach. Otherwise it’s just too easy to get it wrong. 😥 And sensitivity readers are SO important!! I think it’s also important to consider hiring/paying them too! (or swap critiquing with other writers) because we all deserve to be paid for our time/work. :’)

    And YES to writing diverse people as PEOPLE firstly. That’s so important.

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    • thebookprophet

      Yeah, it is way too easy to get it wrong if you’re writing something outside of what you know and experience yourself. I like the idea of paying sensitivity readers! They truly help a lot.

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