I wanted to start a discussion about a topic that’s been close to my heart lately–the challenge of writing with a disability. Everyone here has commitments outside of writing, that’s normal, but some of us have… an extra challenge, so to speak.
I face some significant health issues that make typing a real struggle for me, and I guess I’m not the only one in this community who deals with such challenges, so I thought it would be great to share experiences and strategies to overcome them.
Let’s start by introducing ourselves and our disabilities (if you’re comfortable doing so). This can help us understand each other’s unique situations better.
I’ll go first: As I mentioned, I have several health issues that affect my motor skills, making typing a slow and painful process. It’s frustrating, especially when I have so many ideas for my current WIP but I just can’t keep writing for the day (or worse, for the week).
The big question here is: how do we overcome these physical challenges and keep our creativity flowing?
Assistive Technology: Share any assistive technology or tools that have been a game-changer for you. Whether it’s speech-to-text software, adaptive keyboards, or specialized mouse devices, it could be helpful to “compile a list” of useful resources!
Writing Habits and Techniques: Do you have any specific writing habits or techniques that make the writing process more manageable? For instance, I’ve found that just taking notes when I’m very unwell helps me to keep it in mind, so I’m able to write huge chunks of text when I’m feeling better.
Mindset and Motivation: Dealing with a disability can be mentally challenging too. Sometimes, I feel ashamed of the depression I routinely fall in, as if the pain is somehow my fault. Depression is an added difficulty to the writing process. How do you stay motivated and maintain a positive mindset? Share your tips and experiences, if you have any!
General encouragement and venting
Lastly, I’ve seen some writing support threads (writer’s block, meeting deadlines, etc.), but nothing related to health and these kinds of difficulties. It would be nice to maintain a space in this regard where one could generally vent or receive (and give) words of encouragement.
I’m looking forward to hearing your stories and insights. Remember, our disabilities don’t define us!
Thanks to @Diadorim’s input, I decided to expand the thread with an external document in which to collect all future suggestions, so that they can be accessed at a glance without having to scroll through and read all future comments.
The document contains a filter to reorder or display only a certain type of resource, and they are divided into “disability,” price, etc.
I hope it can be useful to all of you. Please, feel free to add to the discussion, and most importantly—good luck with your writing!