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Writing Habits: Life Lessons from Nanowrimo

I’m excited for November which happens to be National Novel Writing Month. Commonly known as “Nanowrimo,” hundreds of thousands of writers around the world seek to write 50,000 words (a novel-length manuscript) in just 30 days.

Writing Disabilities, Part 4: Villains and Disabilities

Monsters and villains, more often than not, are designed to create fear. I, for one, refuse to believe the best way to highlight negative characteristics is to rely on disabilities or physical differences to cue the reader to the presence of evil.

The Power of Voice

Recently, a couple of things have happened that reminded me about the power and importance of voice. Voice, put simply, is the ability to express perspective. Voice is something that can move mountains, bring awareness to issues, and challenge traditional thought.

Movie Report: Netflix’s The Dragon Prince

Getting my childhood dream at the age of twenty-two, you bet I cried. General Amaya was the first portrayal of a deaf person in a position of power and who plays a big role across the story that I have experienced.

Book Report: The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith and illustrated by Katz Cowley

Genre: Children’s FictionPublished May 1, 2010 SummaryEnjoy tongue-twisting fun as readers get to know more and more about the life and personality of the Wonky Donkey with each turn of the page. Good morning Listen Up readers! Today I am talking about one of the most popular children’s books on the market. In fact, The … Continue reading Book Report: The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith and illustrated by Katz Cowley

Writing Disabilities, Part 1

There are ethical questions that are important to discuss when it comes to portraying characters with disabilities. Here are three big questions to help you think about issues in writing inclusively.

Book Report: A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nielsen

Genre: Historical NonfictionPublished October 1, 2013 Brief SummaryKim E. Nielsen is a professor of disability studies and history. As a result, she wrote the first book to place the experiences of disabled people at the center of the American narrative. Encompassing pre-1942 to 2013, this book shows how disabilities have been a significant factor in … Continue reading Book Report: A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nielsen

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