Writing with Color: Words for Skin Tone

A blog dedicated to writing and resources centered on racial & ethnic diversity.

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    How do you describe the color of someone’s skin? This page is all about that.


    “This final portion focuses on describing skin tone, with photo and passage examples provided throughout. I hope to cover everything from the use of straight-forward description to the more creatively-inclined.”​

    (I wanted to give a URL but this insists on inlining the content)

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  1. Simpson17866
    Simpson17866
    5/5,
    Like TVTropes, Springhole, and Wikipedia, an author could spend hours following one link (Black Panther Fanfic Writing) to the next (Bad to have a Disabled Love Interest?) and the next (Baby Banks in an Infertile World, Eugenics and Racism) into the wee hours of the morning, only this one is tailored specifically to people who want their fiction to have as much positive impact as possible on the real people who are reading their stories in the real world.
  2. EelKat
    EelKat
    5/5,
    Love this! I had it bookmarked a few years ago on my old computer, then lost it. Thanks for posting it. I've used this as a reference in many of my novels over the years. It's incredibly helpful in coming up with creative ways to describe characters.