Written by Imogen F
From a young age I was marked with the label of dyslexia but it wasn’t until I was 20 and at University that I really got the support I needed, which encouraged me to pursue writing.
At school, teachers generally tended to be more concerned with the grades I got; rather than looking at how I worked and setting out processes to help me with my learning.
My brain is always swirling with thoughts and ideas, bursting with words that want to jump out. But somewhere, they often get jumbled between my brain and my fingers. When I’m writing my mind jumps from one thought to another, making it difficult to get words written in a sensible order before the next idea bounces along.
What Is Dyslexia
Dyslexia is a brain-based disability that impairs a person’s ability to read, spell, speak and do math. Problems with dyslexia vary from person to person but many struggle at school because of academic based learning techniques. However, a learning disability can encourage people to work harder and achieve more; they may find that they have a special talent or focus. For instance I struggle with maths but I spend a lot of my time reading different genres of text.
Discovering How You Work
Exploring the way that you work will help you come up with ways that you can write to the best of your abilities. Dyslexia comes in all shapes and sizes; you shouldn’t be ashamed to do what interests you.
If F. Scott Fitzgerald Can Do It, Then You Can Too
In the writing world, literary geniuses like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Agatha Christie were both believed to suffer from learning disabilities. ‘The Great Gatsby’ is still one of the greatest American novels ever written. Yet Fitzgerald was kicked out of school at 12 for not focusing or finishing his work and he had a hard time spelling.
It is a common misconception that people with dyslexia can’t write. We may struggle with grammar, get words mixed up or have difficulties spelling but this does not mean that we’re incapable of writing in a way that informs and entertains.
’25 Famous Authors With Learning Disabilities’ just goes to show you how common dyslexia actually is and may even give you the inspiration you need to start writing.
Tips For Dyslexic Writers
Reading as much as possible will really help you get a grasp on how grammar, spelling and punctuation work. Even just reading for 15 minutes a day will help to improve your writing abilities.
Write any thoughts you have down on paper before you start writing; this will help to clear your mind and make it less jumbled when you actually start your work.
Step away from anything you’ve written for a period of time, then come back to it and read it to yourself out loud.
Most importantly don’t let dyslexia stop you from writing, if you have a passion for it then pursue it.
Do you have any tips for ways to manage your dyslexia as a writer?