Diversity isn’t just some buzzword or the latest trend in publishing; it’s something long overdue and should be part of the landscape for publishing from here on out. Now we get to the difficulty: How do you write about a character who isn’t of your race/ethnicity, culture, religion, sexuality, and disability, to name a few. First, it takes a humble heart, as you’ll get pushback from people within those communities if you severely mess up on your depiction. Second, related to the first, is open ears. You have to actually listen to what marginalized people say and not argue or try to defend yourself. With that said, here are some excellent resources for writing diversely.
A list of resources (including links to other posts) and hints/tips for people who want to write outside their own experience.
We Need Diverse Books (#WNDB)
The movement that largely kicked off the discussion when it comes to diversity and representation in literature. Here they have a list of resources they recommend, and they know their stuff so you should listen to them. And she keeps her list up-to-date, unlike some people (aka me). Ahem.