Friday Feast: Writing Race into Fiction, Characters Who “Just Happen to Be Gay,” “Edgy” Scenes, and Hong Kong’s MFA Crackdown


This won’t hurt but a bit, honey.

It’d be so lovely to just write write write and not worry about reader perceptions. You can! That’s the first draft (and the fourth and fifth and so on, if you’re me). And while no one can tell you how or what to write, writers would benefit from taking a step back from their work to consider their content from a broader perspective.

This week: heaping servings of knowledge from those in the know and those who have looked down the barrel of their own biases.

(Warning for those who need it: one link includes a discussion of rape scenes in storytelling)

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