So, if you've read the last four posts, you might be wondering whether a) I decided to give up my passion - my writing, and b) how any of what I've talked about relates to the main heading of the blog post.
The answer to the first query is a big fat 'NO'. I want to write and publish books, it's what I love to do. Whatever reason is behind my struggle accessing once-familiar words, I will fight through it. I will re-learn what I've lost and add to my repertoire. I'm determined to finish the books I started writing all those years ago and get them out to my readers as soon as I can.
I won't answer question b) with great detail, as I don't want to give too much away about my future releases. All I will say is this: art imitates life all the time. We write about our experiences and work them into our stories. It's natural and we sometimes do it without thinking about it.
But how often does an author's life start imitating her work?
A few years ago, before I'd even heard of the term Chiari malformation, I was writing about a character undergoing brain surgery. I'd always been afraid of the general anaesthetic and so I explored this fear through my character. When I found out that I'd need neurosurgery, one of the first things that popped into my head was the question of whether I'd tempted fate by writing about brain surgery. I wondered this a few years ago too, when my mum had an accident which led to a blood clot in the brain, which had to be surgically removed.
Now, I'm not superstitious enough to stop writing about illnesses and dangers in fear of bringing the tragedies upon myself or my family, but I can't deny that it's something that'll always be in the back of my mind.
Here's hoping I'm not one of those writer's whose every plot twist comes to life, in some form the other.
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