I'm getting ready for my hour-long guide dog stories, storytelling show tonight. I know other storytellers do this too but this may be a bit easier for me. I can prepare for my shows and go over material in the dark, when I am brushing the dog, eating breakfast, exercising. Not while walking as I have to concentrate on traffic, directing my dog, etc. I create material. Partly by writing it out. Partly by recording it. Then, when I have a format and material I like, I record it. Take a break. Then listen with fresh ears. Then, I write from my recording. Putting in words and concepts that are missing. Then, record again. At first when I record, I am reading my braille material. Then, I go off book as storytelling is more improvisational than a play is for me. But still, I need the structure of the material and certain phrases and language I like. I listen for timing also. For the timbre of my voice. Sometimes, I listen to just the text read to me on my ipod in the wonderful british accented voice I chose. If I want to go over material quickly I speed it up and just listen to the text I've created.
This is like speed reading I guess.
Then at other times, I listen to myself.
Get my voice in my head.
So, I think in many ways being blind as a storyteller has advantages for preparing material, for listening, and besides being blind gives me great story material.