K. Tempest Bradford

The Author and the Other: How To Avoid Epic Fail (and Fail Gracefully When You Do)


There are many ways to commit Epic Fail as an author, but one way that will get you set upon by the Internet with a quickness is creating characters or plots that turn out to be offensive stereotypes. It is possible to write characters that are very different from you and avoid RaceFail, LGBTFail, GenderFail, or any other identity-based Fail. It takes effort and following a few basic guidelines. Still, no writer is perfect, and there will be times when you still Fail. How do you avoid living in Internet infamy when it happens?