Literature undoubtedly plays a vital role in influencing the lives of humankind. That’s why diversity in books is so important to combat stereotypes and discrimination in society. However, writers and publishers have been slow to write marginalised people such as disabled characters, minority characters, LGBTQ+ characters and more.
I won’t specifically be talking about writing Black and LGBTQ+ characters today (Erica J. Kingdom already did an in-depth post about that here), but I’m here to discuss why you should include disabled characters in your work, how can you do it accurately and what harmful ideas you should avoid. I’m using detailed research and survey results I have consolidated, as well as my fourteen years of experience living with disabilities on this planet.
3/27/2021 0 Comments
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Paris LeClaire is a founder and EIC of the Paper Crane.
The youth's disillusionment with reading is, in most respects, a universal and relentless state of mind. We begin in a puddle of words and numbers—we learn to read them and write them to the most fundamental point of our education. And as we become older, or what we think is older, a great spell falls upon us like an invisible mist: unsuspecting, unbothered. It seems, now, that even a name as resonant as Jane Austen holds the same power, or even more, in the balance of disinterest than the mother of a friend of a friend from down the road. But who's to blame? And, of course, so what?
Below are the wonderful minds who were published in the first volume of our journal.
The editors know that if you want to be a good writer, you have to be a good reader. Beside that, reading is the direct cause of a successful writing industry. Simply put, if you want to write, you must read. Here are some of the books we love.
Writer's block, however troubling it may be, shouldn't have to stunt your writing progress. There are plenty of other ways to get ideas flowing when drafting just isn't doing it for you.
Despite the advances in society, there is a long way to go for equality, and literature is able to assist. Your writing will pave the way for this, as well as create new perspectives on the many important topics that need to be introduced. It might take some time, but it will surely be worth it to see representation evolve the world around us.
The first volume of our literary journal, entitled "Beginnings," will be released early 2021. Cover art submissions are closed.