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November 20, 2017

Diverse Character - X + Y + Z


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)


(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)




Zoo Employee

Zoophobics (Individuals with the fear of animals)

Zulus Individuals (Bantu ethnic group)

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?


Lidy said...

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.

Carrie-Anne said...

I'd add:

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)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

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

Chrys Fey said...

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

Chrys Fey said...

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

Chrys Fey said...

LOL. I bet many people think the same.

nashvillecats2 said...

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


Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Yvonne!

Pat Hatt said...

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

Liz A. said...

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

J.H. Moncrieff said...

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.

Chrys Fey said...

You sure did. lol

Chrys Fey said...

These letters sure were tricky.

Chrys Fey said...

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

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

Elizabeth Seckman said...

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

Nasreen said...

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

The Cynical Sailor said...

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

Anonymous said...

I like the suggestions for X.

Lisa Thomson said...

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

New Release Books said...

Your mom is so creative. I like these bookmarks.

Chrys Fey said...

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

Chrys Fey said...

Maybe you could...

Chrys Fey said...

That would certainly create a story with many possibilities.

Chrys Fey said...

I had a lot of help with that one. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! :)

Chrys Fey said...

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


Magic Love Crow said...

Your mom's bookmarks are beautiful!

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks! She loves these compliments. :)