Today is another installation of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. This is a place where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds. This month I am co-hosting with the wonderful Kim Van Sickler, Heather Gardner, and Hart Johnson! I'm a bit nervous to be helping host today - but I'm excited!
I'm a little insecure about my character, Alanna.
|My inspiration for Alanna (Dove Cameron)|
Alanna is the main character in my novella, SILENT BEAUTY. She's deaf. Alanna suffers from Meniere's disease and has partial hearing. She’s fairly shy and hides behind her hearing aids, not wanting to be noticed. I love the relationship between Alanna and Atticus, her gay best friend. They are incredibly snarky and have some hilarious lines!
But I’m worried about how I portray Alanna. As someone with hearing, I don’t want to write Alanna in a way that is offense or that is incorrect. I don’t have any deaf friends, but I’ve been doing my research. Along with trying to find out the struggles of the deaf community, I’ve been trying to understand the struggles of those with hearing loss. Alanna does have some hearing, but her hearing aids improve her outlook since they give her a chance to hear. I’m being careful. (I’m also watching Switched at Birth…)
Alanna is a wonderful character and I love her, but I want to tell her story properly. SILENT BEAUTY is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, who is a total geek. I’m very excited about this story, but I’m insecure about messing it up. How do you properly depict a character when you are insecure about how you write them?
Thanks for reading my post and be sure to visit 10 new blogs from the list to help other writers feel encouraged and share our common insecurities! A special thanks to my other co-hosts and to Alex for starting such an amazing community!