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29 Days of Writing: Day 28 - Joelle's misc
February 6th, 2011
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29 Days of Writing: Day 28

28. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there's nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.




Once again, I divide the question based on writing about, or writing pov. There really isn't much for physical disabilities, particularly among the hyarmi, thanks to the Healer-hyarmi. And as t'DoL usually Heals the injured/crippled humans he runs across, such characters in my stories are unlikely to remain in such a condition.

A character that comes to mind is Renna in my first Geren book, as she is partially paralyzed. On the opposite side is Copper's telling the story of the dark-mage Ilgarr, who winds up castrated and lacking both hands and tongue after t'DoL gets his hands on him. Believe me, no hyarmi will waste energy healing such a dark-mage! But he only shows up as a distant character in a story-within-a-story, not directly. A similar case is Heruvael blinding the dark-mage who hunts down his location in the story 'Vigil,' but I don't get into what the rest of that dark-mage's life is like after Herueael leaves him collapsed and sightless on the Trade-road.

The one pov character I have written with physical disabilities is Septurn in 'Resurrection,' who begins the tale blind and tongueless, due to the cruelties inflicted on him during his years of slavery. It was fascinating writing from such a limited perspective!

As for mental disabilities, I'm not sure how to answer that! A fair few of my characters could use a visit to the psychiatrist, believe me. I have a really hard time imagining Llao on a couch talking about his dad, though! The only other thing that comes to mind is my telling the tragic story of Hu-Harek's failure at making mages out of powerless folk in the last section of my beloved 'Power Among the Races' essay. But that's merely a brief story within an essay, and the characters are not fleshed out.

So, aside from dealing with various sorts of loss or trauma, I can't say I've written much on the mental disability side of things.

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