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|About the Book|
No writer wants a review that says "This writer has NO IDEA about what it's like to be blind."
Don't alienate MILLIONS of blind and low vision readers worldwide.
Does your blind character see total darkness?
Is your story set in a futuristic world where stem cell research has cured all blindness?
Does your blind character have acute hearing or super-sensitive taste buds?
Does your colour-blind character see the world like a black and white movie?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you NEED 33 Mistakes Writers Make about Blind Characters.
I admire any writer who wants to tackle a blind character. But so many writers take up this challenge and FAIL. They research blindness by reading other fiction books, by observing their blind colleagues and acquaintances, and by tying on a blindfold and pretending to be blind themselves. Their stories are unrealistic, misinformed and offensive.
You don't want to be that writer.
You want your blind characters to feel realistic. You want to understand how a person who is blind tackles everyday life; how they cook, work, travel, relax and learn. You want your readers to laugh with them, cry with them, and rejoice with them. You need to know what they see, hear and feel.
That's where 33 Mistakes Writers Make about Blind Characters can help. In this ebook I address every mistake I've even seen writers make:
Mistakes Four and Fourteen address appropriate language to use when writing about blind characters.
Mistake Six explains what a guide dog actually does.
Mistake Twenty-Four demonstrates what happens when a character is blinded in one eye.
Mistake Twenty-Six debunks the myths surrounding bionic eyes.
In 33 Mistakes Writers Make about Blind Characters, you learn about:
What it's really like to be blind
How a blind person tackles daily living – eating, dressing themselves, working, cooking, putting on makeup, travelling and playing sport.
Resources and technology available for people who are blind
Treatment of the blind throughout history
Famous blind people and their feats – you'll be amazed at the achievements of these people!
Let Me Help You Avoid Common Mistakes When Writing Blind Characters.
I have achromatopsia – a rare genetic condition affecting the cone cells in my eyes. I see no colour at all, and I'm legally blind. I've had this condition for my entire life.
I work at the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind as an Accessible Formats Producer. I transcribe Braille books and resources and produce large print and audio texts for the blind and print disabled. I've also worked as an archaeologist, a builder's assistant and a librarian. I've solo-travelled, competed in karate and sword fighting, and I'm a writer and an artist.
I understand the challenges your characters face, their triumphs, their hopes and their fears, because I've lived them. I work with people who have varying degrees of blindness every day, so I've seen every challenge, every situation you could imagine.
Let me share my knowledge to improve your writing. You can create blind characters that readers will fall in love with.
|About the Author|
|When she's not transcribing braille or lugging her husband's drumkit between gigs, Stephanie Green writes about disability awareness and alternative culture.|