Should an author include descriptions of a character’s race in a story?
Well, yes and no. It depends. How’s that for a wishy-washy answer?
Here’s my attempt to sum up a lively discussion that’s taken place here, and here, and also here over the past couple of days. As I tuned into the communal wisdom, I gleaned ten tips for authors about describing race in novels. Please correct, disagree, and inform as we continue the conversation, because I say mea culpa on most of the errors I describe below.