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This is a repost from the R.J. Blain facebook page, but I (the author) felt it was worth repeating. A few notes before I begin:
1: Nothing specifically triggered this beyond a general awareness (and a tendency to roll my eyes) over the inclusion of criticism the books are too repetitive for their liking.
I am not at all upset or bothered by this. I simply acknowledge they are able-minded, and that’s fine. I didn’t write the books just for them, so I don’t at all mind if I offend them with repetition designed to help the disabled/pain-impaired/forgetful/those suffering from ADHD/those suffering from a slew of health concerns that harm memory and retention.
2: This is on my brain because Catnapped is requiring a lot of strategic reminders, else I would have to put a warning at the front of the book that everybody would need to reread the entire damned series to follow along on this one. Yeah. Recaps and some repetition are good. But you’re welcome to re-read the series if you want to!
Onto the post:
One thing I have noticed consistently in terms of general feedback in my books is that the abled, who do not suffer from a chronic illness, etc, tend to view my books as repetitive; important details get introduced several times or reinforced as the series goes.
Abled people do not have memory problems. My books are not just written for the abled minded, or those without any form of disability.
Disabled people, such as those who suffer from ADHD, chronic pain, or other syndromes, often have impaired memory. And yes, ADHD does and can create memory impairment. (Not every ADHD sufferer also suffers memory impairment, but enough of them DO they are on my radar.)
That repetition is done fully intentionally with a focus on the disabled. The abled will view it as repetitive.
Frankly, my dear, I couldn’t give a damn.
I will continue to do those for the disabled, who need help remembering those critical little details that make a difference in the general enjoyment of the book, because those with memory impairments should be given books they can enjoy as well.
There are plenty of books for the sharp and abled.My books try to cater to as many people as possible, which means there will be repetition. Especially on key details.
This is not an editorial mistake.
This is supporting my disabled friends, especially chronic pain sufferers, who want to enjoy a book, but those damned important details keep slipping away right when they need them.
So I provide.
And that’s the story of how I ignore any and all reviews that comment about repetition.
The book wasn’t written that way for the abled. It was written that way for the disabled, who need that little extra bit of help to be able to enjoy the book fully.
If you can’t stand that sort of repetition, I’m more than happy to make some book recommendations so you don’t have to worry about it.But that’s the why of that creative choice. I’m doing the best I can to make the books accessible to everyone, even those with mental disabilities, including hampered memory due to chronic pain and other syndromes.
And no, it’s not a bad thing to have a disability, and we should not be afraid of the word. There’s nothing wrong with being disabled, there is nothing wrong with having handicaps, and there’s nothing wrong with needing a little extra help to do what others can without said help.
I have various disabilities, including anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. That is part of what it is to be me, and I write well aware of those challenges.
To me, it would be a disservice to those with similar disabilities if I didn’t at least try to make the book reading experience good for them, too.
Happy reading, y’all.