This was a topic on the old forums, originally titled as “Help With People Of Color.” It’s now revamped as “Episode Diversity: Resources,” with the help of @random_life. A wider range of assistance and resources have been provided in this improved topic.
Many Episode authors have strived for diversity, correct representation, and inclusion, now more than ever. Although it has been discussed before, few major changes have actually occurred. @random_life and I decided to create this topic to promote diversity and inclusion on Episode. It’s more than carelessly throwing in a few random side characters here and there, then advertising it on a story to collect reads. It’s about representation, showing a variety of people, embracing differences, and giving everybody a voice. Correct representation is very important and can change your story for the better (when done the right way). Everyone deserves to be represented, otherwise they may feel excluded or silenced.
A lot of people have insisted that they are afraid of including diversity in their stories, in case of portraying a character wrong or offending someone, and that is a valid point. However, that shouldn’t discourage you from ever writing about them. All it means is that you have to have the resolve to learning more, and being patient.
@random_life has described it perfectly:
Basically, I created this topic to learn about people of different races, cultures, religions, countries, sexualities, genders, people with disabilities, different mental or physical disorders and people with different experiences…
I would like it if people describe what their life is like or what experiences they have had or to educate me on different things. This isn’t just for me, but to educate other people on how to really add diversity into their stories.
I don’t know what it is like to have a disability or be religious or even be of a different gender, but others do and that’s why I’m writing this. I believe this way is better than just googling different types of people and basing it off of that and I don’t want to come off offensive in any way by not being fully educated. I just want to do everybody justice.
Countless people are ready to help you. All it takes is a question, so ask away. If you need help or are willing to help others learn more about different races, cultures, religions, countries, nationalities, ethnicities, sexualities, genders, people with disabilities, different mental or physical conditions, or etcetera, please fill out this form.
Afterwards, your username, knowledge topic(s), and experiences you want to share, will be displayed in a document, so anyone who wants to learn more can reach out to you.
Even if you don’t have the time to answer every question, simply sharing your experiences here can go a long way. What are common misconceptions? What do you wish others knew? What do you want to see in stories? Being educated on topics like these are not only helpful and interesting to us, but to others too.
Keep in mind that these are only the experiences of some, and since everyone’s life is different, you can’t assume that everyone has gone through the same things, or generalize it as an experience for all of those who belong to the group that person is speaking for. What someone has been through does not necessarily determine what someone else has had to deal with too. You are entitled to your own opinions.
How to Write A More Diverse Story
Writing POC 101
Discussion: Religion & Culture
Extend Your Diversity - Jewish Characters!
Modest Hijabi Friendly Outfit Ideas (Also Including Niqabs)
Clothing Representation on Muslims
Writing About Mental Illnesses
(More links to be available later on.)
Please PM me or @random_life if you have any questions or comments. In order to keep this topic manageable, don’t spam off-topic posts on here. You can voice your opinions, but please refrain from hate speech. We hope this thread is useful and we hope you learnt something new. Thank you!
Once and random_life