Doing Diversity in Writing
DDW - S3 Ep06 - Exploring Mental Health with Eric Mills - Part I

DDW - S3 Ep06 - Exploring Mental Health with Eric Mills - Part I

October 1, 2022

In this sixth episode of Season 3 of Doing Diversity in Writing, Bethany—Mariëlle is still on vacation—has guest clinical mental health counsellor Eric Mills on the show to discuss mental health, for the first of a two part mini series.  Together, Bethany and Eric explore mental health services, both as it might show up in our stories, and how we can help ourselves as we write. 

 

Here’s what we talk about:

  • What professionals exists in mental health services and their different roles
  • Some modalities of therapy and what they are used for
  • How writers can keep therapy scenes simple for themselves
  • When would an author need to do more research to write a believable situation
  • How to recognize when we might be having a stress response to our own topics of writing
  • Some approaches to supporting ourselves when engaging in topics that carry personal trauma
  • What we need to do when writing topics other people close to us may not want us to be writing about

And here are the (re)sources we mentioned on the show:

  • Please write to diversityinwriting@gmail.com if you’d like more information on equine therapy. 
  • If you have more questions for Eric Mills, please also email the podcast at the above email and we’ll put you in touch. 
  • Some terms that were used in this episode: 
    • Clinical Psychologist
    • Psychiatrist (can subscribe medication) 
    • Clinical Mental Health Counsellor
    • Clinical Social Worker
    • Equine Therapy (horse therapy) 
    • Puppy Therapy
    • Play Therapy
    • Shame
    • Compassion Work 
  • Eric Mills also quoted from Quanita Roberson. You can find more about her by searching your podcast app with her name. She has appeared as a guests on several different podcasts. 

 

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DDW - S3 Ep05 - Writing Men - Part II

DDW - S3 Ep05 - Writing Men - Part II

September 5, 2022

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.

 

Here’s what we talk 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

And here are the (re)sources we mentioned on the show:

  • Tough by Terry Crews
  • The Mask of Masculinity by Lewis Howes
  • The Art of Manliness 
  • White Rage by Carol Anderson
  • 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.
  • “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 we reference: 

  • 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. 

 

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DDW - S3 Ep04 - Writing Men - Part 1

DDW - S3 Ep04 - Writing Men - Part 1

July 31, 2022

In this episode of Doing Diversity in Writing, Bethany and guest host Louvie Tucker talk about writing better male characters. This is the first part of a two-part episode on the topic.

 

Here’s what we talk about:

  • Masculinity in terms of definition 
  • How class affects definitions of masculinity 
  • Deconstructing arrogance, emotionality, and protective instincts assigned to male characters
  • Should we write all male characters with straightforward personalities? 
  • The male character, lust, and ego
  • Making room in our stories for male characters who aren’t leaders or in search of power
  • The myth of the capable gentleman 
  • The effects of wish fulfilment writing on men

And here are the (re)sources we mentioned on the show:

 

Articles that we found problematic but useful for conversation: 

 

Films and novels we reference: 

  • The Indiana Jones franchise 
  • Gladiator starring Russel Crowe
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  • The Hunger Games series written by Suzanne Collins 
  • John Wick 1, 2, & 3
  • 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. 

 

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DDW - S3 Ep03 - Writing Women We Want to Read - Part 2

DDW - S3 Ep03 - Writing Women We Want to Read - Part 2

June 30, 2022

In this episode of Doing Diversity in Writing, we—Bethany and Mariëlle—talk about writing better female characters. This is the second part of a two-part episode on the topic.

 

Here’s what we talk about:

  • Words and descriptions to avoid when describing women
  • Words and description to deeply consider before using them
  • Gendered words to avoid or consider when writing about women
  • The ridiculous misconceptions there are about the female body and how to describe the body and bodily functions right
  • How the (male) author’s Point of View can skew descriptions and characterizations of female characters
  • Making sure your own POV won’t get in the way of your female characters’ POVs
  • Some final thoughts about the “strong female character” and how we should expand our definition of “strong”

And here are the (re)sources we mentioned on the show:

 

 

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DDW - S3 Ep 02 - Writing Women We Want to Read

DDW - S3 Ep 02 - Writing Women We Want to Read

May 31, 2022

In this episode of Doing Diversity in Writing, we—Bethany and Mariëlle—talk about writing better female characters. This is the first part of a two-part episode on the topic.

 

Here’s what we talked about:

  • That, in the US, women are estimated to buy 70–80% of fiction books
  • There are way more male than female leads in children’s books
  • That novels, on average and across the board, only have one female character to four male characters
  • But that many readers FEEL like there are way more female protagonists these days than there are male protagonists 
  • That women writers also have a tendency to write male characters, and that women are not exempt from perpetuating problematic female representations
  • What kind of roles women tend to have in fiction
  • A selection of tropes to avoid or seriously consider when writing female characters
  • Some of the most persistent narrative structures that disempower and/or harm women
  • Why it is important to write female characters better, even if books with badly written women are selling well 

And here are the (re)sources we mentioned on the show:

 

 

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DDW - S3 Ep01 – How to Write Hair and Head Coverings

DDW - S3 Ep01 – How to Write Hair and Head Coverings

May 1, 2022

In this first episode of Season 3 of Doing Diversity in Writing, we—Bethany and Mariëlle—discuss how to write hair and head coverings.  

 

Here’s what we talk about:

  • That hair, hair care, and head coverings are often ethnically dictated and gendered
  • That there is no such thing as “ethnic” hair: we all have ethnicity!
  • How to describe different natural hair colors
  • How to describe different hair textures
  • Whether dreadlocks are cultural appropriation
  • Who wears wigs and weaves, and for what reason
  • That head coverings for men and women come into play in many ways that go beyond religion and what one’s culture dictates 
  • How you can use descriptions of hair and head coverings to add layers to your POV characters 

And here are the (re)sources we mentioned on the show:

 

This week’s episode page can be found here: https://representationmatters.art/2022/04/30/s3e1

 

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DDW - S2 Ep12 - Using Racial Slurs, Acknowledging Characters’ Racial History, and Other End of Season Thoughts

DDW - S2 Ep12 - Using Racial Slurs, Acknowledging Characters’ Racial History, and Other End of Season Thoughts

April 6, 2022

In this episode of Doing Diversity in Writing, we—Bethany and Mariëlle—bring our season on Race and Ethnicity to an end by delving into some lingering some questions. 

 

What we talked about

  • If and how to use racial slurs in our writing
  • When and how to acknowledge our characters’ racial history
  • Whether authors are allowed to write POV characters belonging to a different community
  • Co-writing with BIPOC authors as a white author
  • The representation of Asian masculinity in Western media
  • Being accused of being too political when including a diverse cast in our books
  • How to make your cast more diverse when your characters aren’t human

(Re)sources mentioned on the show

 

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DDW S2 Ep11 – Writing Interracial and Intercultural relationships

DDW S2 Ep11 – Writing Interracial and Intercultural relationships

March 31, 2022

In this episode of Doing Diversity in Writing, we—Bethany and Mariëlle—scratch the surface of an incredibly broad topic: writing interracial and intercultural relationships. 

 

What we talked about

  • That writing relationships between characters of different races and cultures is really not that different from writing relationships between characters who are not exactly the same for other reasons
  • Questions to ask yourself and things to keep in mind when crafting interracial and intercultural relationships in your writing
  • A ton of examples in which interracial and intercultural relationships are depicted well and convincingly

(Re)sources mentioned on the show

 

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DDW - S2 Ep10 - Naming Our Fictional Characters

DDW - S2 Ep10 - Naming Our Fictional Characters

March 23, 2022

In this episode of Doing Diversity in Writing, we—Bethany and Mariëlle—talk about naming our fictional characters. 

 

What we talked about

  • General things to look out for when picking our characters’ names
  • All the different aspects that might influence which names make sense for your characters
  • Where to look for names
  • How to verify whether these names are appropriate for your characters or not

(Re)sources mentioned on the show

 

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DDW - S2 Ep 09 -  Flipping the Script and Building Different Worlds with Clare Sager

DDW - S2 Ep 09 - Flipping the Script and Building Different Worlds with Clare Sager

March 16, 2022

In this episode of Doing Diversity in Writing, we—Bethany and Mariëlle—interview Clare Sager about building different worlds in our fiction.

 

Clare Sager is an office lackey turned full-time author. With both a bachelor of arts and a masters of arts in Creative Writing, she is now living her life-long dream of writing fantasy adventure stories of swoon-worthy, troublesome men and strong, sassy women who can handle them.

 

When she's not writing or master planning her next book, she's an editor, outline coach, and formatter. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, sewing, and lifting weights at the gym (she’s as shocked by the latter as anyone). Her stationery addiction knows no bounds, with a washi tape and fountain pen collection to rival that of a stationery store. She loves to spend time chilling out with her planner plotting world domination. She likes cats, coffee, and cocktails, and speaks fluent sarcasm. 

 

What we talked about

  • Why Clare felt compelled to build a different world for her fictional characters
  • How consistently asking yourself “What if…?” will help you build better fictional worlds
  • How to use a coin (or dice!) to populate your world with a wide set of characters 
  • That diverse characters are just like any other characters
  • The importance of being curious about the world and remaining open to what there is to learn

(Re)sources mentioned on the show

 

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