Valerie Kalfrin is an award-winning crime journalist who dives into fictional mayhem as an author (Quicklet on The Closer: Season 1), essayist, film critic, screenwriter, and emerging script consultant. She’s written for The Script Lab, The Guardian, Bright Wall Dark Room, ScreenCraft, Hazlitt, Signature, and the blog for Final Draft. A member of Screenwriters of Tomorrow, she’s affiliated with the Tampa Bay Film Society and has vetted material for the Austin Film Festival’s screenwriting competition. She lives in Florida. Find her online at valeriekalfrin.com. Twitter: @valeriekalfrin
If you're writing about disabled characters and you are not disabled, develop these characters beyond their abilities to tell an authentic story. Consider a disability part of a character's makeup, not the driving engine for your screenplay.