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Writing Excuses 11.22: Examining Unconscious Biases, with Shannon Hale

Writing Excuses 11.22: Examining Unconscious Biases, with Shannon Hale

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/05/29/11-22-examining-unconscious-biases-with-shannon-hale/

Key Points: Everybody has unconscious biases, which will get into your writing. Start looking at them, seeing what you are doing, and examining them to make yourself a better writer. For example, let's look at how we write female characters. Who are the main characters, the named characters? Writing and reading are not gendered topics. Watch out for the one token awesome female -- better than no females at all, but lacking in variety and diversity. Ask yourself "Why?" and "Is there a bias at play?" Start with a person, then decide traits. Try the two rules -- every crowd is full of men and women, and every other speaker is a woman. Then start fleshing it out from there, with interesting characters. Keep trying! You will make mistakes, but learn from them, don't just repeat them.Collapse )

[Brandon] All right. Shannon, you have some homework for us.
[Shannon] Yes. Take something you've written and gender swap it. Every character that's a male, make him female. Every character that's female, make her male. See how that changes the story. Often what will happen if you have a story with a lot of male characters, not many female characters, suddenly your now newly male characters, you're going to say, "Why aren't they doing anything? Why are they just sitting around and only the female characters are doing everything?" It's going to open your eyes to how you treat the different genders. Then the challenge after that is see if you can actually make your named speaking characters half female and half male, just like they are in the real world.
[Brandon] All right. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
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Writing Excuses 6.16: Gender Roles -- Black, White, and Gray

Writing Excuses 6.16: Gender Roles -- Black, White, and Gray

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/09/18/writing-excuses-6-16-gender-roles-black-white-and-gray/

Key Points: There's a bigger spectrum of gender than most of us ever imagine. And sexual orientations. Be wary of the big reveal -- that's not the only thing in a person's life. Transformation stories should be more than peep shows. Gender roles and social expectations should be solidly grounded. Gender roles are not just abstractions -- they play out everyday in homes near you! Whatever you do -- think about it.
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[Brandon] Yeah. All right. I'm going to go ahead... I made the guest do it last time, so I'm going to throw it at Howard.
[Howard] Uh-oh.
[Brandon] Howard, you've got to give us a writing prompt.
[Howard] Okay. Writing prompt. Take something that you do, that you think is unique to you, not only because it's your thing, but because it's maybe gender related to you. Take it, and hand it to somebody, a character in your book who you think is completely unqualified for it, unable to do it. Now define their character around the reasons why they have to accept that task, or that role or whatever. Make that work.
[Brandon] All right. This is been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
[Applause]
[Brandon] Thank you so much, Keffy. That was great.
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Writing Excuses Season Three Episode 28: World Building Gender Roles

[Brandon] This is Writing Excuses Season Three Episode 28: World Building Political Correctness. [Note: later in the podcast, they changed the name]

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/12/06/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-28-world-building-gender-roles/

Key points: Writing gender issues is hugely challenging. Be wary of 21st-century sociological conventions in anachronistic settings, but be aware that readers may have trouble empathizing with very different thinking and sensibilities. Subtle changes are more easily believable than huge changes. World building -- is it important to the plot or characters? If not, don't overdo it. Recognize that you may have a blind spot regarding gender issues -- write your story your way, then listen to your alpha readers, and address their concerns. 
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[Brandon] All right. Let's go ahead and give a writing prompt. I'll make myself... oh, you're pointing at Dan. Howard chose you. Dan, you're going to have to do it.
[Howard] Dan is scowling at me.
[Dan] OK then. All right. You are writing a future society, a future military, where the only people allowed in the military are homosexual and you need a good explanation of why.
[Brandon] That's an excellent writing prompt. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.