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04 December 2009 @ 01:16 pm
great Nisi Shawl article at SFWA site  
"Transracial Writing for the Sincere" (at SFWA site)

Want to write characters who *aren't* your race, sex, culture, etc? Nisi Shawl, one of the authors of the excellent book _Writing the Other_, gives a short overview of how to do it and not resort to cliches and stereotypes. The overview is one of the chapters in the book.

Well worth reading, again and again. One of my goals is to make characters that are real people, but aren't 40-ish, married, middle class, nerdy, white males (ie, aren't *me*).

Find out more about the book (at SFWA site), and buy the book (at Amazon)!
They Didn't Ask Me: aki-rossdr_phil_physics on December 5th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
What? Do you mean that 29th century interstellar Marines in fighting armor aren't fiftyish white physicists who weigh 400 lbs. without their armor? (grin)

Seriously -- it's a nice article. Thanks for the link.

Dr. Phil
jeffsoesbe: doctorevil badjeffsoesbe on December 6th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
Maybe they *should* be. Kind of like the approach John Scalzi took with _Old Man's War_.

_Big Physicist's War_???