GUIDE TO WRITING DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING CHARACTERS: PART IV, LANGUAGE

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A couple of months ago, I went on a downloading spree on Amazon, and I nabbed a book that was purported to have a Deaf character (it did not) and to involve a lot of ASL (American Sign Language) communication. For many reasons, the book was appallingly bad (it was narrated in first person in an accent). The part that really felt particularly jarring, however, was that the author had know prior knowledge of actual ASL, and made a number of blunders in her descriptions of its use. For example, the ASL teacher told a student to work on his “S” when finger spelling. The S hand shape is a simple fist with the thumb outside of the fingers.

These kinds of mistakes can be jarring when describing your character’s language, much as attempting to write an accent for a character can be a nuisance to your reader.

In this part of my guide, I’ll be explaining to you how American Sign Language works to the best of my ability. I will not be explaining grammar, since that’s somewhat more complex (and I don’t fully understand it myself) but I will introduce you to the various different forms of sign language used in the United States, and how to use them.

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GUIDE TO WRITING DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING CHARACTERS: PART III, COMMUNICATION

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As an establishment of authority, I was a Hard of Hearing child and continue to have difficulty with my auditory function as an adult.

Not too long ago, I had a discussion with a friend about my preference for playing deaf characters over playing blind characters. She asserted that blind characters were easier to play because of their ability to communicate with the world around them, and this discussion has caused me to give quite a bit of thought to the subject of choosing to play a character with communication difficulties.

A deaf character will, by necessity, have some differences in the way that he communicates with the world. There are several options, but also some other considerations for playing a deaf character.

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GUIDE TO WRITING DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING CHARACTERS: PART II, IDENTITY

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As an establishment of authority, I was a Hard of Hearing child and continue to have difficulty with my auditory function as an adult.

One of the most difficult things for a hearing person to understand about a deaf person is their sense of identity. It’s easy for those standing on the outside to take the politically correct route and to assume that a deaf individual won’t want to be identified by what the hearing person views as a disability, but this is a faulty assumption that will necessarily make a deaf or hard of hearing character harder to play.

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GUIDE TO WRITING DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING CHARACTERS: PART I, TERMINOLOGY

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As an establishment of authority, I was a Hard of Hearing child and continue to have difficulty with my auditory function as an adult.

I thought I’d start this out with a discussion of the appropriate terminology to use in reference to deaf or hard of hearing characters, because there appears to be some confusion. It is my recommendation that role players interested in portraying a Deaf or Hard of Hearing character know this terminology beforehand, lest they encounter someone who has hearing loss during their role play experience.

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Character pack number one down! I’ve got two more requests for those and a few icons. But that just took 3 hours so I’m a bit burnt out for the moment plus I owe replies, so feel free to send in more requests, I will try to get to them as quickly as possible.

PS- If you want to see my little posts like this, I’ll be using the tag wtschelp.

This is a character pack for Shawna D’Ceit. ( Requested by shockwave-dceit )
Gif Hunts 

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This is a character pack for Shawna D’Ceit. ( Requested by shockwave-dceit )

Gif Hunts 

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Gif Sets

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Michelle Trachtenberg Icons

Under the cut you will find various icons of Michelle Trachtenberg.

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Ultimate Writing Resource List

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Hey, WTSC Members!

The help blog is now offering character packs. If you request one, I’ll gather together a few gif hunts for you, I’ll make a few icons, and link up to five guides on a character type that suits yours. (Example: How to play a Dancer). 

And if you have any suggestions as to what else I can add to these, tell me! I’ll happily consider it!

PS - I do other help as well, so feel free to ask! I love helping people improve!

A Guide to Character Moral Alignments

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A creature’s general moral and personal attitudes are represented by its alignment:

  • lawful good
  • neutral good
  • chaotic good
  • lawful neutral
  • neutral
  • chaotic neutral
  • lawful evil
  • neutral evil
  • chaotic evil

Alignment is a tool for developing your character’s identity. It is not a straitjacket for restricting your character. Each alignment represents a broad range of personality types or personal philosophies, so two characters of the same alignment can still be quite different from each other. In addition, few people are completely consistent. Under the cut you will find descriptions and charts of these alignment and what they mean to your character.

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