WWC Rules | Guidelines | FAQ
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Before you ask your question, please do the following:
- Review these rules & guidelines.
- Read the FAQ and the recommended reading within.
- Search for the answer to your questions via:
- Use the “search writingwithcolor” bar to search keywords
WWC Ask Rules
Do not ask…
- General writing questions.
As in writing q’s that have nothing to do with BIPOC or only deal tangentially with them.
- Questions that are very broad or vague.
- Questions that ask for facts you can easily Google.
- Questions that seek our permission or approval to write about a topic.
We call these rubber stamp questions. Asks designed to solicit simple approval are time consuming and difficult to answer.
Further explanation on rubber stamp asks, what they are, and how to fix them:
- Questions that ask us for resources.
“Do you have resources for–” STOP! We will not do your research for you.
Please don’t use WWC to point you towards references. We are not here to be your Google. Specific questions that arise within your research is one thing, asking us to spoon-feed you where to do your research is another thing entirely.
- Questions using “PoC” as a replacement for an applicable race.
Person/Woman/Man of Color is not a fancy way to say Black people; It’s an umbrella term for a coalition including a lot of different races/ethnicities. If your question isn’t specific it’s 1) difficult to answer and 2) generates a general and not as helpful response
- Questions that indicate you have not browsed WWC thoroughly if at all.
If you start off by saying “sorry if this has been asked before” or “this may already be answered but-” You’re telling us you haven’t checked. These Q’s are grounds for automatic deletion.
- Questions that ignore our ask submission guidelines.
- Use “ask” for questions that are 2 parts. If a question is longer than 2 parts, use submit.
- We also request that you don’t send writing questions via fanmail.
- Questions that have nothing to do with writing.
We are a writing advice blog. We consider questions seeking our perspective on current events or controversies to be off topic. We will only answer these sort of questions at our own leisure (or if we find them helpful for others to answer).
Banned questions (due to excessive discussion or other reasons, explained within the links)
Submit your question properly
- Use “ask” for questions that are 1-2 parts.
- If a question is longer than 2 parts, use submit.
- No fanmail writing Q’s (Fanmail for general commentary is fine)
Ask questions we haven’t covered at length
We will not answer Q’s that are too similar to ones we’ve already answered (Check the navigation and/or our multiple search functions very thoroughly). We will not often redirect you to the answer. This is not the same as having a follow-up question about an existing guide or discussion. Go ahead and ask. We’d be happy to clarify!
Be clear and concise | No excessively long asks
- Questions that are not concise and provide extraneous details will likely be deleted. With the amount of Qs received combined with busy schedules, there’s no time to shift through exceedingly long questions that provide way more details than necessary to answer the question.
- Additional issues with long asks: Unrelated details makes a question long and complicated to read and thus answer. It might also mean us misinterpreting your concern and/or answering aspects that you weren’t questioning.
- Keep asks focused: Avoid providing a laundry list of multiple characters that you want rubber-stamped for correct characterization. Ask about a specific character. You’ll get a more detailed answer on that specific character that way.
Don’t expect an instant response to your question
- We receive hundreds of asks. It takes time.
- Also, it’s impossible for us to answer every question we get.
- We will prioritize questions that are on fresh topics not covered extensively here before.
Please stop asking us to recommend blogs that are…
Finally, we urge you not to send in questions with racial slurs that aren’t blocked out or denoted as “n word” “g word” etc. We may choose to delete uncensored slurs (and any other blatantly offensive Q’s) as to avoid triggering ourselves and/or others.
Frequently Asked Questions
- “What are ways to describe my character’s skin tone?”
- “What about hair?”
- “How do I introduce the race of my characters?”
- “How do I denote the race of my characters in a fantasy setting?”
- “How do I describe my Asian character’s eyes respectfully?”
- “I want my real-world Native American character to do/experience X.”
- “I’m afraid my character has harmful stereotypical traits.”
- “How do I write a ____________ character?”
- “Wouldn’t including PoC make my writing forced?”
- “It wouldn’t be historically accurate for my story to include PoC.”
- “What is Cultural Appropriation?”
- “What is tokenism and why is it harmful?”
See below for answers to our FAQ!