Jan 20, 2021

People look for themselves in the stories they watch, read, and hear. That’s why it’s been so exciting to see more people of colour, more females, and more sexual identities represented in books and TV. Similarly, people with disabilities and illnesses yearn to see themselves in their fictional heroes. Representation is important, but writers often…

Nov 10, 2020

My husband enjoys watching me yell at the TV while I watch The 100. It is my “love to hate” show. It’s not quality television, but I can’t look away. I love the characters and I hate the stupid decisions they make! One thing I particularly appreciate is the show’s treatment of disability through the…

May 25, 2020

I’m always on the lookout for fiction featuring sick and disabled characters, especially when those characters are not defined by their conditions. I don’t see a lot of sick protagonists in fantasy, probably because many writers overlook the possibility that a disabled person can (and would) participate in a swash-buckling, magical adventure. Here is a…

Feb 13, 2020

I am an advocate for including characters with illnesses and disabilities in your fiction, including heroes, side characters, and villains. But be careful when your villain has a disability, as there are some tired, harmful tropes associated with these characters and it’s best to avoid them. Here are some tips on what to consider. Avoid…

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