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Member Spotlight: Ben Mattlin

author Ben Mattlin and an image of his book Disability Pride

Why is writing important to you and why do you think it’s an important medium for the world? I like writing. I think I’m good at it. I hope, through my writing, to connect with and enlighten readers. Is it important for the world? Who knows?

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer’s block? Just write anything, and keep writing. First drafts are for getting everything you can think of out of your system. Don’t worry about whether it’s any good or not. That’s what revisions are for. If you’re really blocked, I suppose the best advice is to do some research. And for a writer, pretty much everything you experience is a kind of research, isn’t it?

What is your favorite time to write? In the morning and in the late afternoon/early evening. Midday is the worst. Also, I like to write when everybody else is busy doing something else.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received and would like to impart to other writers? Write, write, write. How else can anyone know what you’re capable of?

What excites you most about being a writer in today’s age? Zoom. It makes it much easier to promote your books. I hate traveling.

Ben Mattlin’s Disability Pride: Dispatches from a Post-ADA World is out now with Beacon Press.