This began as a response to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, where a commonly asked question was “Is it okay to write so-and-so characters if I’m not so-and-so?”
The answer is yes. BUT you have to be careful and respectful when doing so. A cool way to find out more about those cultures and identities would be to talk to people who are themselves a part of it. This is where this tumblr comes into the picture as part of the #DiversifyYourWriting initiative.
Basic premise: People willing to discuss aspects of their lives as marginalized people submit “profiles”. This blog utilizes a tagging system that enables writers to easily find suitable people to talk to about the very cultures they are trying to write about.
TO SUBMIT: Head on over to our submit page and follow the guidelines! Become a diversity reference!
This project will add on to our tag directory for identities as submissions come in. It’s constantly expanding! If you have any suggestions or ideas, send them our way!
I’ve just launched Diversity Cross-Check as a reference of sorts for writers who want to diversify their writing! This blog is meant to facilitate conversations between writers and a diverse set of people who are willing to talk about their cultures and identities, and be a reference.
If you’re comfortable with talking about any of your marginalized identities, do submit a profile!