A note about being a dyslexic writer:

Such a thing rarely happens.  Dyslexic people do not become writers.  Dyslexic people work at Wal-Mart barely being able to read.  Dyslexic people get really bad grades on history tests involving maps.  Dyslexics do not finish even high school and are lucky if they are literate.

I don’t know any other dyslexic writers.  Writers are not dyslexic; they are perfect grammarians.  Writers always know where every coma goes.  Writers rarely make money with their writing and are proud of it.

I am a dyslexic writer.  I don’t know how becoming a writer happened.  It’s a wonder I learned to read.  However, for some reason I was stubborn enough to become hooked on writing and get into a good college.  I’ve been writing purposely since I was 12 years old.  Somehow I graduated with a B-ish average (thank you math and overly difficult freshman geology class) while working 2-3 jobs and carrying on a reasonable social life.  Somehow I managed to get a few writing gigs.  Nevertheless, if it was not for spell checker I never would have even finished high school.

Often I make grotesque grammar mistakes and catch a lot of flak for it.  I’m sure most of my blog posts resemble a lot of high school student’s Facebook statuses.  (Ok, so nothing can be that bad.)  I am not shy about being dyslexic but I try not to make it an excuse.  I’ve seen my brother who has Asperger’s play the mental/learning disorder card too many times.  Mostly the criticism comes from other writers.  The more stressed out and the faster I write the more mistakes fly from my finger tips.  Mix being dyslexic with often being impulsive and careless and one often ends up with dramatically awkward occurrences.  Additionally I am a bipolar and anxiety disorder ridden individual so stress and impulsive actions happen frequently.

So, I apologize for my life.  I apologize for the fact that I have a learning disability.  I apologize for my myriad of mental and emotional disorders.  I apologize that I am not a real writer, a perfect writer or even really a good writer.  I apologize that I suck at commas, spelling, directions and more.  Most of all, I apologize that I plague other’s with my poorly written and distasteful posts.

4 thoughts on “A note about being a dyslexic writer:

  1. “Dyslexic people do not become writers.” – That is such an inane comment. I used to work for a Dyslexic writer. He was create, amazing and a prolific writer. He didn’t start writing in the age of MS Word where grammar mistakes are pointed out, or spell check. You go on to say, “Dyslexics do not finish even high school and are lucky if they are literate.” You are insulting to every dyslexic who ever worked their butts off to achieve something. You say you don’t play the dyslexic card like your brother plays the Aspergers card, but that’s what most of your post is. Everyone has challenges in life. They get over them and go on. You are just plain angry. Stephen J. Cannell was dyslexic. He was also one of the most amazing men I ever met. Your problem is not the dyslexia.

    • I’m sorry my post offended you. I did intend to make most of those statement sarcastically. I also based a lot of those comments on what I’ve been told by others. Perhaps I should have made my sarcasm and the fact that I’d been told that by others more clear.

      This post was in response to an angry lady who made a comment on another of my posts that had plenty of errors. She was also upset about other things in the post. I did delete the post she was raving about as I felt like that it was not a post that I needed to share on this site.

      Anyway, I’m glad you’ve met some dyslexic people who have gotten far in life. Not that I would think any couldn’t but because of the negative responses I often get when I admit that I wrote something backwards due to dyslexia, I just figured I was in the minority.

  2. In nearly every art, “good” is subjective. A painting is rarely judged (or deemed poor in quality) by technique, so I think writing can be better compared to photography, where your talent is more likely to be judged by skill— but any a**hole with a smartphone and an Instagram app is (apparently) and artist these days. The most important thing is creativity. Grammar can be corrected, but you can’t force or fein creativity.
    Writing is a brutal outlet. While I’m only mildly dyslexic, I have severe anxiety, and my work is blasted all the time. I don’t think it gets easier to hear rejection or criticism, but you learn it’s a necessary evil, which should only demand you to work harder, and improve yourself. Let your stubbornness and anger take you higher. ;)

    • Writing is subjective. What’s really important is if what is written actually gets read, wither it is liked or not.

      I agree. Grammar can be fixed but if you aren’t creative you just aren’t. Not that we don’t need those math and perfectionist type people. Even it what is written is terrible, if it has creativity there is some redeeming quality.

      Yeah, I’m bag full of anxiety and other mental disorders too. Jolly.

      Criticism sucks. Some of it is deserved and some just hot air. However, I am trying to think of angry comments on my blog as signs that it is getting read. Which is strange to realize.