Hey there, fabulous kidlit wordsmiths! When it comes to writing your stories, do you ever stop and ponder about the rad idea of including characters with mental and physical disabilities? It's time to kickstart those creative gears and bring a whole new level of diversity to our pages.
These kids are superheroes-in-the-making with unique challenges, who often have a hard time finding characters they can relate to in our books. Whether we're crafting stories specially for them or featuring their remarkable selves, let's whip up narratives that make their hearts leap and shout, "Whoa, that's amazing!"
I am focused on learning the art of integrating diverse characters, including those with disabilities. I want every kiddo to feel wrapped in a warm, fuzzy story blanket that resonates with their soul. I want them to know they matter, inside and out, and that they're part of the fantastic tapestry of life.
In my work-in-progress, Almost a Ghost, there's an incredible preteen with an autism superpower! She adores sketching her brother as he mysteriously disappears, one layer at a time. Armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of anatomy, she dives into this fun project. Little does she know that her playful doodles will later empower her brother to conquer some pretty major obstacles.
If you want to strive to include more diversity into your stories, unleash your incredible imagination to create characters that reflect the awesomeness of kids who are “different.” We're here to celebrate their quirks, encourage empathy, and create a universe where every kiddo finds their own magical place. We want to ignite their passion and let them know they're not alone in this wild adventure called life.
Not sure where to start? Take what you know and dig deeper. For tips on how to do this, download a free copy of "Diversity in Children's Stories: Steps + Checklist to help you add diversity into your storytelling.”
Every child is a divine gift, intricately woven by God. Learning disabilities or physical differences don't diminish their worth or superhero potential. They possess resilience and courage, defying limitations. Let's celebrate their uniqueness, nurture their gifts, and work to build a compassionate world where all children thrive.
In a nutshell, dear storytellers, we hold the key to shaping the dreams and imaginations of the next generation. So, let's embrace all the gifted kiddos and make sure our stories burst with joy and wonder.
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Cindy Lynn Sawyer is a KidLit writer with a passion for helping kids to G.L.O.W. from the inside out, and to help other children's writers on their path to publication.