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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16 thoughts on “Avoiding Insensitivity in Characters or Story

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

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    1. Thanks for bringing this up, John. If we don’t talk about it, we can’t learn ❤

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      1. Excellent point. 😁

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

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    1. It’s such an important topic. We really need to be thoughtful when creating our characters.

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

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    1. Unfortunately, I think you’re right.

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  4. John’s post was fantastic.

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    1. Definitely something we need to consider when developing our characters.

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  5. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader March 24, 2021 — 1:19 pm

    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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      1. I need to do some catching up when I get home from visiting my grandkids!

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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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    1. I think it would need careful consideration, for sure.

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