Portraying Disability in Fiction
This post started with one tweet that turned into a lengthy discussion. I’d found a submission call for Crossed Genres said they wanted stories on characters with disabilities and passed it along to fellow blogger Day Al-Mohamed, who puts characters with disabilities into her stories. Day reported she had heard often the following (which she doesn’t agree with):
No, I’m not disabled, which is why I wanted to write this. I have a hard time understanding why writers require reasons to have it in a story. While Day wants more disabilities in the stories, I want more women. There are books where I feel like the writer checked off ‘woman protagonist’ but didn’t actually write a woman character. You write a character first, then gender — but you have to do both, because that perception will influence the story. Read the rest on Unleaded – Fuel for Writers.