That’s the terrifying prospect I faced when I was bed bound for six years with ME/CFS. My experience was extreme but there are a million reasons why you might not get to read as much as you want.
I hated being stuck in bed, but not being able to read? That was truly awful.
My only consolation was that I could still buy books, lots of books, that I kept under my bed for when I could read again.
The next day I read another sentence and over the course of the next year I gradually built up to reading more and more, until eventually I finished it and I loved it. Best of all I was reading again!
It was incredibly hard having to limit how much I read but I realised that you don't need to read a book in long stretches, you can enjoy a story in bite-sized chunks, short sections that transport you into another world.
It's perfect if you are short on time or, as in my case, energy. You don't have to miss out on reading and stories.
That's partly what inspired my serial story Seeing is Believing I realised that if it was possible to read a story in sections it would also be possible to write one, that I could send out to people for free, via email every Friday.
I thought it would be a cool challenge to write and something I'd love as a reader. Even cooler is because of social media I'm making Seeing is Believing into a Crowd Sourced Story which means you, the reader, get an input into what happens.
As I'm a fantasy and sci-fi girl at heart, my story had to have a twist to it. Jess is losing her sight and with it her identity. After a series of unsettling incidents she starts to question everything. How can she be who she always was, when she can no longer trust what's right in front of her?
Seeing is Believing is as much of an adventure for me to write as it is for you to read. I love discovering what happens along with you. It's a fun and wild ride. If you want to get in on the story then sign up for FREE below.
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Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about people who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.
I'm an author, disability activist, winner of the Good Housekeeping First Novel Competition and The EABA for Fiction 2020 and co-founder of Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses (ADCI).
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Title: The Choice
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