"that's cool. who helped you?"
how could they just assume i had help?
- my city's community
- local friend
- friend in the city it's set in
i had linguistic help from native arab speakers. i discussed what it's like to be black in a white community. i learned a lot.
boost their own creative projects. toss them money for the time they spent teaching. and most of all, don't get arrogant. you didn't do this alone.
you. had. help.
but all white writers need to know when to step back and give credit where it's due. BIPOC aren't your silent witnesses. give them the spotlight.