Writing can be a lonely business. And the task of forging a career in this most solitary of occupations can seem all the more daunting if you are also juggling health issues.
We need more discussion space for writers managing ill health, disability or the stresses of being a carer. Health problems are often seen as taboo, and it’s time we encouraged more open dialogue about some of the challenges we face.
The publishing industry is becoming better at helping people overcome common barriers. But much work remains to be done, and more opportunities are needed where we, as writers, support one other.
This site emerged as a group of authors prepared for an appearance at the National Writers’ Conference, run by literature development agency Writing West Midlands. Their panel – Overcoming Obstacles: Health and Wellbeing for Writers – shared insights and practical tips on managing your writing career alongside ill health or disability.
They are hoping to broaden the debate and invite your contributions, in what will be an ongoing discussion…