Writing without sight


It’s been a challenging week for me. Two weeks ago I found I’d need retinal surgery on my left eye in order to prevent vision loss. It was an unexpected complication during a busy time in my life: working on two novels, maintaining a day job and an upcoming vacation on the horizon.

It’s been over four days since the surgery and my writing output has suffered. So has my outlining. I was hoping to finish the 2nd Draft of Forever Mars this week but that may be pushing it. With only one working eye, it was always going to be a challenge.

Nevertheless, I continue living my life despite reduced eyesight in my left eye. Besides, what other choice do I have? The doctor says the surgery was a success, and that I should regain full eyesight in my eye in a few weeks, but, as a writer even the reduced efficiency of one eye is a huge loss. I mean, you need your eyes in order to write…right?

Perhaps the purpose of this blog post was to put thoughts to paper. I don’t talk about myself much on this blog, except for sharing my writing experiences, and releasing information about an upcoming work. Maybe it was to let everyone who follows my blog never take the small things for granted. Not saying eyesight is “small” per say, but I never really thought I’d experience diminished vision so early in my life.

In the end I have may family to thank. For their support. And you, noble reader, who hopefully can use my experience to appreciate something in your life you take for granted.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on and, where he blogs regularly about writing and self-improvement. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.


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