I can’t think of any other blogs to ask, or just, anyway to find the answer to this question, but I’m writing a short story about a young man with chronic pain in his leg (as a side effect of lycanthorpy) and I want to know if, on a good day, but one where he was…

lysikan said:

It depends on what the cause of the chronic pain is and where. For example, if it is muscular or skeletal then dancing is out, but if it is in the nerves then dancing could be possible. Mobility aids, such as using a cane to take some of the weight off the leg, COULD reduce the amount of pain even from muscular or skeletal causes, but unlikely to reduce it enough to make the dance fun.

(My guardian suffers chronic pain in his legs from hip replacement and we got to see all three types of pain after it.)

 andreashettle said:

Also try these blogs, specifically for writers who want to write characters with disabilities: and

Also, consider the possibility (if both his creativity and motivation to dance is high) that the character might come up with ways to adapt the usual dance moves so they can do them with minimal pain.  There is a long history of many dancers with various kinds of disabilities who have found all sorts of ways to adapt dancing so they can still enjoy themselves.  Though I admit, I’m not sure how many of them have pain conditions.

As just one example of a pair of dancers (the man has one leg, the woman has one arm) who have adapted quite beautifully:  And you can find more tapes like these, both of the same pair of dancers and with various other dancers and whole troops of dancers with various types of disabilities from around the world.  So you could look around for more examples.


A BRAND NEW RESOURCE for writers trying to write all kinds of diversity—not just pain conditions and disabilities but everything else:  This is where writers can come talk with people who share characteristics in common with their characters about their experiences.  They are just starting to build up, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for now, come back later and try again.