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,

Polluting€¯ the market for those who can  write.
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.

 

 

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