Your Hosts: Dan, Tempest, Mary Robinette, and Howard
Generally speaking, asexuality is a sexual orientation or identity typified by the absence of a desire to have sex. It’s *way* more complicated than that, however, and in this episode Tempest helps us unpack it so that asexual characters can be written more effectively.
Liner Notes: Want to dig deeper? Over at Writing The Other there’s a master class on writing asexual characters taught by Lauren Jankowski.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Bert Grimm, and mastered by Alex Jackson
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Take two characters from your current WIP. Write a meet-cute, and have both characters be asexual, yet romantic
Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Margaret, and Howard
Let’s talk about worldbuilding with gender roles. Most of us have grown up with a very strongly defined binary, that distinction need not be how we craft the worlds in which we set our stories. In this episode we discuss the resources we have to help us, and the approaches we’ve taken to worldbuild with gender in our own work. We drill down pretty deeply on some worldbuilding with Brandon, and yes, we run quite long.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson
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Apply the axes of power deliberately to character gender, and determine how gender and gender identity affects the various axes
Your Hosts: Dan, Tempest, DongWon, and TJ
This is the first of our Writing The Other episodes, in which we set out to help writers portray people who are unlike them. In this episode we’re joined by T.J. Berry. She walks us through the language and terminology of bisexuality.
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Find and watch the 100th episode of Brooklyn 99, which portrays the coming-out of a bisexual character
Your Hosts: Dan, Mary, Aliette, and Howard with special guest J.Y. Yang
J.Y. Yang is a Hugo-nominated short story writer from Singapore who identifies as non-binary. They joined us to talk about this non-binary identification, and how writers can do a better job of depicting it (beyond simply using non-gendered pronouns.)
Credits: This episode was recorded by Bert Grimm and mastered by Alex Jackson
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