A 30-year-old Xi’an man with cerebral palsy by the name of Chen Shuo has published a 760,000-word novel that he took 13 years to write.
Chen’s parents opted to homeschool him instead of putting him into a mainstream school. He taught himself to use a computer and began working on his novel in 2003 after learning Hanyu Pinyin from his parents.
Because of his medical condition, typing is a painstaking effort and he is only able to type not more than 300 Chinese characters each day.
It was not until 2017 when he finally managed to finish the novel, and the book soon went to the printing presses after being lovingly edited by his father. The first run of 1,000 copies quickly sold out.
He is now embarking on his second novel.