Should I Write a Story About Technology Completely Healing a Disability?Jul 08, 2018
“A person is horrifically injured/severely disabled in some kind of accident and then fully and completely healed due to technology” is a trope you definitely want to steer clear of. It’s been done before, it gets done a lot, and it feels like a form of erasure when it comes to how disabled people get represented in literature. From the way you describe it, you have character who is suddenly faced with a life‐altering injury and disability (something that happens to a lot of people in real life) who happens to be selected for experimental treatment that completely removes her disability and her need to confront how it would affect her as a person.
I don’t think this would be hard to fix, however. You really just need to think about what drives your character and the villain in the story. If the focus is more about the stress of being chased and hunted and less about the technology itself, then you can totally swap out her injury for something else. If the technology involved is key to the plot, why have her be injured? Why not have her sign up for some kind of super‐soldier program ala Jason Bourne?
There’s a ton of options out there! I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that works and doesn’t risk alienating a group of people who will probably be very interested in reading what you write.