Posted on February 8, 2023 at 9:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The issue of including characters that don't look like you in fiction is a complex one, with no hard-and-fast answer.

But one author with Choctaw heritage had a great tip on how to start out on the right foot.

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer, in her interview on The Creative Penn podcast, suggested: "If you want to focus on the heritage of a specific cultural group, just make them real people."

She shares other thoughts on diversity in fiction and writing in general, which you can read or listen to on Joanna Penn's website.

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