We are the #Uniqueauthors

I got chatting via a blog post to a lovely author (who will be featured soon) about the extra challenges disabled authors and artists have. Publishing and producing work is a steep learning curve – it’s not just the actual story-telling – and many writers have physical or social difficulties which make the world, and the craft of creation even more tricky. To an extent, writing is a great equaliser. If I read a story I know little about that particular author – except what I can find out from the internet or publicity. I would probably not be aware that an author was, for example, blind, or suffered from disabling social anxiety. Writing is freedom. Writing is a veil and a fort. Reading and writing give one the chance to experience – at least in the imagination – the most amazing experiences.

There are some of us – the creators of worlds and magic who fight that little bit harder and make that magic with a little bit more of our souls. We are #UniqueAuthors.

Read our stories, and take a thought that what might be relatively simple for you can be a mountain to someone else – attending an event when you are blind or in a wheelchair – parking, access to the venue, is it guide-dog friendly and the idiocy of some folks who are just thoughtless or wicked. Can you get your wheelchair into the venue? Will people come and talk to you when they see your wheelchair? Or BECAUSE of it? How much courage has it taken you to fight that anxiety to come here and speak to strangers?

Imagine giving a book signing when you suffer social anxiety, navigating the bewildering terms of service of sites like KDP – which are NOT user-friendly for those who have sight loss. Networking – many disabled people find it hard to network, and networking is key to selling the books you’ve written. 

I have, as some of you may know, anxiety and fibromyalgia. I work and I write – some days, most days I can’t do both as I am physically and mentally drained, fatigued, in pain or anxious. I tend to be a bit of a recluse. But writing, when I can, gives me power, that freedom to be who I damn well please, and do what I want.

My father is partially sighted and has struggled to read ‘regular’ books all his life, and his disability limited his life choices. Many people have no idea what it’s like to live with someone with a disability or to live with something that limits life choices, and one’s abilities to live everyday life. Yet we have our own power, our own fire. And by god do we use it. Even if sometimes it seems we are powerless.

“Words are containers for power, you choose what kind of power they carry.” Joyce Meyer.

We do not look for pity – many of us have had our fill. We look for our words and our crafts to soar with the rest, and then rise above. For we are the #Uniqueauthors and we will be heard, and our words will change your world.

#Uniqueauthors #Wordsarepower

 

5 thoughts on “We are the #Uniqueauthors

  1. Many people, sadly think disability is something you can seel In my life, I’ve known people who are disabled whose disability cannot be seen, like yours. My mother had emphysema even though she never smoked. She could only walk a few yards. My neighbour has COPD. My nephew has bipolar, etc. None of these can be seen. Yet my mother overheard someone criticising her when she parked (with her disabled sticker) in a disabled car parking space.
    I admire everyone who caries on in spite of their disability. Well done for your courage.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, not all disabilities are obvious. My father has been blind in one eye since the 1960s, and later in life struggled to walk due to other physical infirmities, and my late mother was also disabled in later life. I think mental health difficulties are the hardest to see. Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Schizophrenia, bi-polar – all can be very disabling, and very misunderstood but a person can look ‘normal’ – whatever that is.
      And many places don’t cater for those kind of conditions – confident people, and people who don’t deal with mental illness day to day find it hard to understand what it’s like living with irrational fear of people, places, things, the need to be reclusive, quiet and not have interaction. Not everyone is confident or secure in who they are, or all situations.

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