A thorough explanation as to why you should not kill your trans characters, along with the EXTREMELY few caveat-filled instances where it is moderately acceptable.
Tag: writing advice
Transphobic Villains and Redemption Arcs #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
The ins and outs of transphobic villains, as well as how to (and if you should) redeem them.
The Model Minority #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
An exploration of what the Model Minority trope is and why perfection isn't always a good thing.
What to Do When Your Writing is Called Transphobic #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
A look into what to do if and when someone says your work is transphobic, or a brief guide to apologies, reparations, and self-improvement.
Human vs. Non-Human #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
A brief breakdown of the relationship between trans representation and non-human species in speculative fiction, and why it's not necessarily a good thing to have your non-human characters be transgender.
The Importance of Trans Elders #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
A brief look into the devastating reasons why there are so few old trans people alive today, and why you should add elderly trans characters to your world because of it.
Defining 5 Big Terms, from Representation to Stigma #AuthorToolBoxBlogHop
How to navigate some of the big terms surrounding depictions of marginalized individuals: Visibility, Representation, Appropriation, Fetishization, and Stigma.
Self-Acceptance and Struggle
How (not) to write a plot that follows a character's journey towards self-acceptance; or, more accurately, how to avoid the struggle narrative.
Identifying Terms vs. Fluidity
How to approach LGBTQIA+ identities in your characters; or, more specifically, how to balance between set identifying terms and the fluidity of queer theory.
What is “code-switching” and how does it apply to transgender people? How can you go about using it as a tool for your characters?