Avoiding Insensitivity in Characters or Story

John Howell opens a very interesting can of worms over on the Story Empire #blog today. Stop by and share your thoughts on the subject, he’d love to hear from you…

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Hi SEers, John here with you again. Today I want to discuss authorship in light of the changing environment within our social framework. What do I mean by that statement? Well, to put it bluntly, I think it is time to take a look at how we write characters and stories in an atmosphere of ever-increasing sensitivity to the possibility of offending individuals and groups of people. Put another way, maybe it is time to seriously ponder the question, “Am I knowingly or unknowingly writing characters or a story which casts aspersions on anyone relative to their race, nationality, gender, sexual preference, religion, disabilities, or age?”

Now you may wonder why I suggest asking the question that I posed. I’m sure none of us would knowingly write any situation that in our heart knew discriminated against others. The key to the question is we may write…

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JACQUIE BIGGAR  is a USA Today bestselling author of Romance who writes about smart, sassy females and tough, alpha males who learn the true power is love. Free reads, excerpts, author news, and contests can be found on her web site: http://jacqbiggar.com You can follow her on at http://Facebook.com/jacqbiggar, http://Twitter.com/jacqbiggar or email her via her web site. Jacquie lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

16 comments on “Avoiding Insensitivity in Characters or Story

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this post, Jacquie. 😁

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  2. John hit on a subject relevant for all authors. Thanks for sharing, Jacquie.

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  3. One of those subjects it’s almost impossible to get right.

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  4. John’s post was fantastic.

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  5. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader

    I will share this with a friend who is writing her second book!

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  6. This is a great post from John. Thank you for sharing, Jacquie!

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  7. Great post, Jacquie, and John. I wonder if this would inhibit writers from writing a character as they see her/him?

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