What can writers learn from unexpected illness?

What can writers learn from unexpected illness?

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So here I am, lying on my back with a pinched nerve causing the right side of my body to throb. I cannot use my right hand and so am patiently tapping away on my phone with my left hand. I am experiencing my normal drowsy and not particularly lucid response to painkillers. I have a video almost ready to publish on YouTube but cannot finish it until my right hand is usable. I also have a blog post waiting on that video. It’s a proof-of-concept about using Excel charts for cheap art. Oh well, I guess they can wait.

So as an aspiring author what am I to do while lying on my back in pain. Well, to be honest some of it will be spent watching videos on IT security as that is my principal profession. But I will also try to actually take note of everything I feel and experience.

The biggest emotion is frustration. Everything takes so long for me to do! I think that externalises similarly to anger because my daughter keeps apologizing and this constantly surprises me. Perhaps my tones are just harsher. So if I write an injured or sick character then I can include this.

I also seem to be walking a bit like either an old 1950/60s Mummy or Igor. My right arm hangs lifelessly and my right leg both swivels and limps. What a sight! Having said that, I am so darn slow when I walk. Makes you wonder why the protagonists of such old horror films didn’t just walk briskly away when meeting such creatures. There is no way that a monster walking as I do could ever catch them. OK, so that is another note for my writing – don’t write monsters with limps etc if at some point you want them chasing someone.

Another point – pain is stronger at night. I found myself getting up a few times in the night due to the pain and wandering the house. Can I get a future character to do this and in the course of their wanderings kick off the story?

Anyway, I am getting a bit weary but will continue noting everything.  A writer should do this. Every experience, both good and bad, should be learnt from.

Greg

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4 Comments


  1. Igor???
    You have to get better if you want to start tap.

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    1. All will be good. I got to watch Singing In The Rain because I was trapped on the lounge. An old favorite. These things are only ever short term. Obstacles are there to overcome ☺

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  2. Sorry to hear you are out of action! Maybe your limpy monster can also teleport in order to make chases happen…. Hope you get well soon.

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    1. Thanks. :) I’ve had a CT scan (the organisation of that at short notice was a story in itself!) and getting the results in about an hour. Then the doctors will tell me the treatment. All fun and games. But life goes on :)

      A teleporting limpy monster. Hmmmmm…. The possibilities…. :)

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