Monday, November 20, 2017

Diverse Character - X + Y + Z



INTRODUCTION:

There’s been a lot of talk about adding diverse characters to fictional books. Most of the time, this is about including people of color if you’re a Caucasian writer, but all writers can add diverse characters to their books. And why stop at race? In this series, I’m going to list all sorts of diverse characters.

Note: I'm not knowledgeable about all types of people, so I'm skipping my usual tips in favor of letting others share their knowledge. See below 

**I won't be able to list them all, so here's a list of ethnic groups...with a list of even more lists at the bottom of the page. lol



Here are the diverse characters for X:

Individuals with Xanthocyanopsy (only see blue and yellow)

Individuals with Xanthopsia (objects appear yellow)

Xenophobics (Individuals with the fear or strangers or foreigners)

X-Men (Individuals with powers)

Xylophone Player



Here are the diverse characters for Y:

Yakuts (Turkic-speaking Siberian people)

Yankees (US)

Yazidis (Kurdish sub-group)

Yemeni Individuals (From Yemen)

Yogis (Individuals who are proficient in yoga)

YOU!

(Put yourself in your books or give your characters your traits.)

Yo-yoer (Professional yo-yo trick artist)



Here are the diverse characters for Z:

Zambians (Individuals from Zambia)

Zimbabweans

Zombies 

Image from Pixabay
Zoologist

Zoo Employee

Zoophobics (Individuals with the fear of animals)

Zulus Individuals (Bantu ethnic group)



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SHARE: If you can come up with more diverse characters that start with V or W let me know and I will add them to my list.

QUESTION: Do you have tips or Do's/Dont's for one of the characters I mentioned above? Share your advice for writing about those characters in your comment.

Have you written about a character from my list?



28 comments:

  1. Here's my contribution:

    X - xylophone maker
    Y - yo-yoer, a professional yo-yo trick artist
    Z - zoologist
    Funny enough, one of my characters from my paranormal romance novella series is a yogi. And an empath.

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    1. Those are great additions. I’ll add them. Thanks!

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  2. I'd add:

    Zulus
    Zoroastrians
    Yakuts (a Turkic people who live in Siberia)
    Yazidis (a Kurdish sub-group with their own religion)
    People with xanthocyanopsy (a type of color-blindness in which only blue and yellow can be distinguised)
    People with xanthopsia (color vision deficiency where objects appear mostly yellow)

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    1. You and Lidy have been amazing coming up with ones I fail to think of before I post. Thanks!

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  3. Yogis - all I can think of is Yogi Bear. LOL

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    1. LOL. I bet many people think the same.

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  4. Great post as always Chrys, good to read and look.

    Yvonne.

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  5. haha I've done YOU a time or ten, or hid it behind a rhyming cat.

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  6. Nice bookmarks. X, Y, & Z are the hard ones, aren't they?

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  7. Very pretty bookmarks.

    I can't say I've ever written about any of the above, although I have been to Zimbabwe, so who knows? Could happen.

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    1. Thanks! I'll let her know you said that. :)

      You've traveled to so many places. I am envious.

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  8. Your mother's bookmarks upstaged the character traits and suggestions. They're beautiful. I'll check them out for sure!

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    1. I had hoped her bookmarks would upstage the rest of this post. I almost put them first. :)

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  9. What an amazing list. I wish I could set stories on some of these places!

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  10. I'm fascinated by xanthocyanopsy. Imagine what it would be like to only see certain colors. So many story possibilities :-)

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    1. That would certainly create a story with many possibilities.

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  11. Great list, Chrys. I have not specifically used any of these characters on your list. Your mom's book marks are so sweet!

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    1. Hi, Lisa! I've written about zombies. :)

      Thanks!

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  12. Your mom is so creative. I like these bookmarks.

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    1. Thanks! She loves these compliments. :)

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