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Toni Allen Author Interview with Legendary Writing on Instagram Join them for writing tips and conversation
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. – Q: What do you think is the biggest mistake writers make when writing a disabled character and what advice do you have for writers portraying disabled people? . – A: The biggest mistake any writer can make when writing about a disabled character is to draw them as a caricature and be disrespectful. If you’re including a character with any kind of disability, whether it be physical, mental or emotional, then you must be empathic. The best way to do this is not to research on the internet, but to go and meet with disabled individuals in person. Speak to them, get to know them. Talk with their friends and relatives, or their caretakers; and actively discover the obstacles and prejudices they’re up against every day. I’ve worked as a counsellor for many years, and this has given me great insight into how people cope with the label of being ‘different.’ Over the years I’ve also had friends with various disabilities and watched them overcome daily challenges. If you’re writing about someone with a physical disability then you can try putting yourself in their shoes for a day, or even an hour. Try this: when you go to the supermarket, take a friend and get them to push you around in one of the wheelchairs the supermarket has by the entrance. Most supermarkets in the UK have them. Stay in the store and in that wheelchair for an hour. Make a mental note of how people look at you, what tone of voice they use and whether they ever make eye contact. I did exactly this a few years back after I’d had minor surgery and couldn’t walk very far. It was an eye-opening experience! #writer #poetsofinstagram #writing #author #reader #amwriting #book #books #bookstagram #bookworm #reading #realtalk #relatable #truth #goals #poems #inspiration #success #quotestoliveby #quoteoftheday #quotes #wisdom #instagood #instalike #instadaily #motivation #writerscommunity #writersofig #writersofinstagram #writerslife
Ton Allen Author Spotlight with JETaylor, USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Thriller Author and Editor-in-chief of Novel Concept Publishing