Day 28 → Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities?
I don’t think I have. I’ve probably shied away from such things because I find it hard to write about experiences I’ve never had. As a person who is both abled and NT, I think it’s incredibly difficult to write about such experiences. I can only guess, and who’s to say my guess is any good? It’s probably total shit.
I could probably write a character who is partially disabled (someone with little mobility in a joint), because it’s an experience that I have. I would know firsthand of that particular struggle.
Personally, I wouldn’t want to write about it as it’s both literally and figuratively painful.
Day 28. Describe your ideal short story character? What is their personality? Do they have a job? Ect.
It really depends on the setting, and what I’m trying to accomplish with this story. I can’t say for certain. Whenever I think of a character, the first thing I try to figure out are the 5 W’s about them. Who are they? What are they trying to accomplish? What is their ethnic or racial and national background? Where do they live and what is their socioeconomic status both relative to their local community and to the region as a whole? How old are they? From there on, I can usually figure a few adjectives to describe the character’s personality. After that gets sorted out, I’ll give them a job, if that’s necessary.
But like I said, it really just depends on the story itself. We needed to know that Beverly was a waitress because her job plays an important role. We don’t have to know what Sean does in his spare time (probably smoke pot and jerk off #typicalcollegeboythings) because it’s not needed in his story. A lot of the times, I like to leave things ambiguous and up for the reader to fill in.