An environmental lawyer in Harrisburg, Pa., Burcat, 64, had been writing in his spare time for many years and had cranked out several novels, including an early version of this one.
Then, in early 2018, he lost much of the vision in his right eye to the same affliction that a year and a half earlier had ravaged his left.
You won’t accomplish that goal with a rant or diatribe.
Instead, you will need to support your claim with facts, statistics, real-life examples or published research studies. The most common research paper assignment (particularly in undergraduate courses) is a lot like a literature review.
You can do that by: Sometimes (more commonly in graduate courses), you will design your own study and write about it.
While this kind of research paper includes a literature review section, it will also require you to describe your study’s methodology, data analysis and results.
You will conduct a thorough search for scholarly sources about your chosen topic, then carefully read and summarize them.
But beyond simply describing the books and articles that you read, your goal is to participate in the scholarly “conversation” surrounding your topic.
But Burcat is right about a fascinating tradition of writers with little or no eyesight — fascinating because they affirm human beings’ power to transcend apparent limits, because they show how obstacles can be gateways to epiphanies and because they challenge what it means to see.
For that you use your brain — where images are stored, organized, edited and turned into words — as much as your eyes. Within the densest fog and darkest black, you can find clarity and color if your imagination is 20-20. They responded to a world that often marginalizes or condescends to disabled people by demonstrating just how able they were.