Occasionally on the blog we feature other writers with tips you need. Here, we have another extraordinary guest blog post that I think you’ll find truly inspiring.
Hello to all who read this.
My name is Chastity and I am a blind writer.
…well, maybe I should say typer as I use the computer for any sort of writing.
I have been asked several times how I, as someone who is blind, can use a computer?
Well, it actually is pretty simple. I use a regular computer just like what you might be reading this on right now.
The keyboard is no different and neither are the programs used to operate the computer itself.
The only thing I have different is a program called a “screen reader” or some call it “text to speech” software.
This program, once installed, reads aloud everything on screen that is text-based such as every letter I type, emails, web pages, documents and more. The only thing it doesn’t work with are pictures/graphics as those are assigned numbers in computer code, so it may read something like “graphic 286” but it can’t tell you what the picture is. There are some programs that aren’t compatible with such technology, but that’s true in all types of software programs.
Now, you may wonder: What this all has to due with writing?
Well, I’ve been writing either in braille or on computer ever since I was small, rather a long time, and am now working on my first novel to publish.
I have tried several writing groups in the past, but received either few comments, very nasty stuff, or been asked why I was there in the first place if I’m blind. With this, I have basically given up on showing my work to anyone and my family doesn’t even want to read anything, either.
I also struggle with depression, and there are some days I take things too hard. I am also a 3-time transplant recipient, making things/finding energy to write difficult.
Then, I recently discovered this site by Mr. Dan Alatorre and after messaging a couple times, he has unbelievably offered to post something on his site for me in hopes that someone would be willing to read some of my book and give me some feedback.
Yes, I know about the writing group, but when you live on a fixed income, it becomes very difficult to find extra money to spend on much of anything. Needless to say, this entire process has been on my own, with little/no help from anyone, and rather lonely.
If there is anyone that would like to read some fantasy fiction and give me some feedback, I would really appreciate it!
I have an editor and publishing company, but I would, a bit apprehensive about trying this again, like to get some ideas from other people first.
The book is young adult fantasy and is about a half-elven girl who is forced to leave her homeland by her own people because they fear her growing magic, which she is unable to control. She must learn to overcome her mistrust of the other races in order to live long enough to reach the hidden magical land where she hopes someone can train her to control her power before someone gets injured or even killed. However, unknown to her, the Darkness seeks to capture or kill her for it knows she is the Chosen of this time that can defeat its growing power and claim the ancient blade of forbidden power.
I want to extend my extreme thanks and gratitude to Dan for putting this on his site. If anyone has any questions or would like to contact me, please visit my writing website at:
My appologies as I know it doesn’t have much in the way of pictures to make things look visually pretty, plus I’m not sure how to put any up there either.