Woah, woah here, slow down.
I am fully aware that bisexual people exist.
The way you phrased it, I have to correct you when saying “both”. There are more genders than male and female. If you say “both” genders, you are the one being disrespectful (against me both gender and sexuality wise).
As to your quotation:
The stories are written from the boys’ perspective. They don’t know anything about other sexualities than heterosexual, homosexual and perhaps bisexual just yet, but that is going to change. As a person who is very fond about putting things into nice words, Jesse would never continue to say “used to be straight”. This doesn’t have a ring on it. So he’d naturally google if there are different terms, and yes! there are some. Not only sexualities but also gender identities. And he’d explore more and more and teach Sebastian about that as well. In the end Jesse feels very comfortable identifying as pansexual. Sebastian still identifies as homosexual, despite getting to know all this new stuff. He’s only ever been interested in boys.
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Anonymous asked: do you have any tips for writing poc characters when you, yourself, are white?
The simple, honest answer is that you need to be very careful because you have never been a POC and therefore are in danger of portraying a group of people insensitively, unfairly, disastrously―you get the idea.
This concept is known as “Writing the Other”, and it basically refers to writing about characters whose racial heritage, sexual orientation, religion, etc. differ from your own. It can be intimidating, especially since Writing the Other incorrectly can harm you the writer, your readers, and the people about whom you write.
That being said:
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I’ve never died, but I’ve written a death scene. I’ve never waved a magic wand or dueled a dragon or gone to Mars, but I can write about it. Why is that? Imagination and research. (x)
Mostly lots and lots of research. We’re going to give you a great resource in the links below to get you started.“But remember, there are two ways to dehumanize someone: by dismissing them, and by idolizing them.”
― David Wong
Try to write without pity or condescension or idealism in your heart. This is a sure way to mess up writing any character, but most especially a character based on a real group of people who are culturally different from you.
Instead, write characters with dignity and who are grounded in reality. Write honest characters.
Now for those resources we promised:
- The Term POC
- Writing Characters of Color
- Gee, I don’t know how to research writing Characters of Color tastefully
- Demographics, Representation, and Fiction
- Describing Skin Tone
- Describing a Completely New Race
- More on Inclusiveness, Art, and Just Writing
- So Tell Me: Is it bad to not have POC in your entire novel?
- Writing Racially and Culturally Diverse Characters (short answer)
- How to Write a POC Character Part I: The Authentic Race
- Writing about PoC’s
- Writing the Other
- Describing Skin Colors
- Why Writing People of Color Is Hard
- Additional tips on writing PoC characters
- This Is a Towel: Skin Deep
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THAT FIRST SITE IS EVERY WRITER’S DREAM DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I’VE TRIED WRITING SOMETHING AND THOUGHT GOD DAMN IS THERE A SPECIFIC WORD FOR WHAT I’M USING TWO SENTENCES TO DESCRIBE AND JUST GETTING A BUNCH OF SHIT GOOGLE RESULTS
- How bodies decompose
- Wilderness survival skills
- Mob mentality
- Other cultures
- What it takes for a human to die in a given situation
- Common tropes in your genre
- Average weather for your setting
That’s a tall order, but let’s see what we have.
Gunshot Wounds This is a reference sheet on different caliber bullets and the sort of damage they do.
What to Do About Gunshot Wounds Here is a reference on gunshot wounds, including how to treat them:
The Treatment of Wounds in History This might help you, since our world hasn’t always had modern medicine either. This talks on all wounds, including gunshots.
Historical Treatment of Wounds Dating back to the fifteenth century.
Recovery Time for a Bullet Wound This is a general assessment, since your case is so specific and I can’t find anything to match.
I suppose you’ll have to make an educated guess, based on the information here and the specifics of your story. I imagine your character certainly wouldn’t be walking on it within the first month, if they didn’t want to damage their foot more.
Maybe some followers would have advice or knowledge to share? Guys?
I hope this is helpful. Happy writing!