I recently read this article about a 16-year-old kid with ADHD who has just finished writing his first novel. It made me wonder how many other writers suffered with disabilities and carried on writing anyway. Turns out, a lot! Get ready to be inspired…
Author: Agatha Christie
Wrote: Poirot & Miss Marple
Fact: Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies.
Author: Helen Keller
Wrote: The Story of My Life & Light in My Darkness
Disability: Blind & Deaf
Fact: Helen was taught words by having them written on her hand by her teacher, Anne Sullivan.
Author: Stephen J. Cannell
Wrote: The A-Team & 21 Jump Street
Fact: Cannel created or co-created nearly 40 TV series.
Author: Dav Pilkey
Wrote: Captain Underpants
Disability: ADHD & Dyslexia
Fact: Pilkey was frequently punished for his behavior in lessons and often made to sit in the school hallway, where he ended up creating the Captain Underpants character.
Author: Peter Winkler
Wrote: Bridge at the Enigma Club & Mathematical Mind-Benders
Disability: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Fact: He wrote an entire book just using a long chopstick to type.
Author: Christy Brown
Wrote: My Left Foot
Disability: Cerebral Palsy
Fact: He was only able to write and type with the toes on his left foot.
Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby
Wrote: The Diving Bell & The Butterfly
Fact: He wrote by having someone recite the alphabet to him and blinking when they reached the letter that he wanted to use.
Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Wrote: Crime and Punishment
Disability: Temproal Lobe Epilepsy
Fact: He recorded 102 epileptic seizures and used them to inspire his writing.
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
Wrote: Ficciones & The Library of Babel
Fact: Jorge became blind at 55 and never learnt to read Braille but he did continue to write.
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Wrote: The Great Gatsby & The Beautiful and the Damned
Fact: The Great Gatsby has been the basis for numerous films of the same name, spanning nearly 90 years: 1926, 1949, 1974, 2000, and 2013 adaptations.
I hope you’re feeling suitably inspired. Now get on with it (whatever it is), nothing’s stopping you!