Ok, risking to be accused of beating the pity train, I want to say my piece about Dyslexic writing or writers. As any illness Dyslexia can show up in different degrees, being dyslexic does not mean the person is unable to understand the written word, it means he/she needs to learn to process the information differently. I know that there are well working therapies out there, but never was subject to one myself. I belong to those who found their own way of working around a disability they only learned of having after leaving school and failing in the world of labor.
When in school I struggled with anything that had to do with reading or writing, which influenced every subject. Reading and writing is one of the most important skills one can learn in school, and will need for live. Yet at least when and where I was a child Dyslexia was known of but hardly thought of, most teachers ignored the possibility when it arose. Why, I don’t know and now a days I don’t care anymore.
Struggling in school, reaching less than average grades brings also social struggle with it, bullying and standing apart from others.
Not knowing what is causing you to fail makes it even harder, because all you know is what you see on your test results, and what others say about you, that you are stupid, a moron, useless to say I could go on forever, In the end it just messes with the way you look at yourself.
That being said all the above can turn into something good and wonderful when one learns what the problem is and finds a way to work with it. How I did it, you can find on my website www.nicolekiefer.com and this is not about me, but authors with dyslexia in general. Since the day I published my first book in Germany I got E-mails, letters and phone calls even telling me that I can’t have written a book if I am Dyslexic as I claim to have,. more even that I should not encourage others with Dyslexia (or as some called it rudely, a disability that makes morons) to go the same way,
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Yet there have been several well-known and well-sold authors with Dyslexia, like Agatha Christy, Stephen J. Cannell, F. Scot Fitzgerald and John Irving to name just a view.
Yes, the road to be published might be harder when your dyslexic, yet the feeling of accomplishment is equally grater if you become published because you had to work so hard for it. There are ways and technologies out that will help a great deal, if one has money there is always someone you can hire to write what you can’t write correctly, Most of all you need to want it, want it badly enough to work hard.
When I say I have dyslexia I don’t say it because I want pity, or be treated differently. I say it so whomever I am talking, writing, texting, or working with knows what to expect. Not just in the sense of misspellings or grammar and punctuation mistakes, but also in the sense of mental strength, because having dyslexia makes me fight and work harder, makes me more flexible and open to all options.
To those who feel discouraged because they have dyslexia, don’t give up, don’t let others tell you that you are stupid or incapable of doing any job connected to reading and writing. There is always a way to learn how to work with your disability, and use it to rise above those who think so low of you.