Written for writingqueensland.com.au - published by Queensland Writers Centre
One of the hardest challenges writers of all formats face is getting inside the head of their
characters; finding out who these people or creatures are, what their motivations are, how the story
world looks from their perspective? Then, the writer must try to take these facts and creatively
portray them in their work.
This challenge is particularly tough when the writer is trying to get inside the head of a character
who faces challenges and limitations the writer has no real life experience with. A good example of
this? Writing characters with disabilities.
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Welcome to Podcasting
Do you listen to podcasts? Have you thought about creating one yourself? Do you know how to go about doing this?
Across 2015 and 2016, I facilitated a series of Podcasting workshops at SLQ The Edge in Brisbane, Australia. To find out more about this experience and what goes into producing your own podcast, click here.
“That’s great Steph. Can I ask, how do you get your wheelchair on the plane?”
“Well, what usually happens is I drive my chair to the door of the plane and then the airline workers will come and take the chair into the luggage compartment.”
“Wait, so you go in the luggage compartment yourself?!”
This conversation is an example of one of the more stupider assumptions or misconceptions people make regarding how people with disabilities travel. To be fair, even though I live my life in a motorised wheelchair, I myself have been guilty of making assumptions or misunderstanding how people with disabilities travel. Every time I head to the airport, I know I’m in for another learning curve, not only about the impacts of my disability but about myself as a person.