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30 Writing Questions in 30 Days-Day 28

Ganked from zekkass

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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.

It actually took me a while to get the answer to this, and then I was like DUH! *points to icon*

That would be one Gregory House. I am VERY PROUD of the way I write House relative to his disability, and the pain it entails. I've written a lot of fic that deals with the infarction period, the recovery and how it affected his relationships with Wilson, Stacy and Cuddy.

House hates his disability, but he is tied into his identity as a cripple with every fiber of his being and any fic that somehow pretends that isn't true is a lie, as is any attempt in canon to skirt the issues. I know that what we saw in the "ketamine period" episodes is physical bullshit, but I've written fics in that period as well, and dealt with the posibility that euphoria and denial let him get away with a lot until the reality sank in.

I think I'm one of the fanfic writers who tries to take the leg and the effect of the vicodin into account during the graphic sex scenes as well, both House's physical reaction to being seen or touched as well as what he can or can't reasonably do. The fact that we're still getting "House is a super-stud" fic after all these years is mind-boggling. House is a cripple and if you don't know the effect of vicodin on the libido, you may want to look it up.

One thing I think I'm not very good at is the physical reality of House walking with the cane. I've tried to incorporate some of that, but those aren't my favorite moments because I'm not sure I get them right.

I also consider House's addiction to be a disability and I think I write that VERY WELL, including dealing with his other addictions and remembering that addiction means addiction including alcohol and gambling, which is something our canon writers have forgotten.

Greg House is one big emotional and physical disability and I never forget it when I'm writing him.

On the original fiction front, the only one I can think of is the blind, stuttering pyschiatrist from my first novel, who I based on Charles Krauthammer. Not much to say there, except that I liked and respected Dr. Krauthammer back then considerably more than I do right now and wrote the character with a lot of affection, but probably over-did the stuttering.
Tags: greg house, house babble, house md, meme, writing

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