You might be a dyslexic writer.
Dyslexia is an inherited condition affecting 20% of the population worldwide that causes problems with reading, writing, and spelling. Because our society puts so much emphasis on literacy, those who struggle with dyslexia are often misclassified as intellectually challenged or labelled as lazy. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
If you are a dyslexic writer, you are in great company. Click to see a list of famous dyslexic writers. The link will open in a new window so you can come back here to finish this article.
Science has now revealed 3 specific genes that cause dyslexia and scientists believe there are more involved, so stay tuned for further developments. Brain imaging reveals that dyslexic brains have lobes of equal size (other brains do not) and that the wiring of dyslexic brains are different.
Writers with dyslexia (and others who are dyslexic) will have some of the following symptoms.
Dyslexics usually show strengths in areas associated with the right hemisphere of the brain. Here are some of those areas.
Computer technology has come a long way, and it continues to develop. I have seen demonstrations of speech to text and text to speech programs that work like a charm. Computers no longer have to be trained to understand your voice to work for you.
Price is not a serious barrier, either, especially when you think of the money you will save on editing.
If your dyslexia interferes with your life, and it often does, there is good news. You CAN learn to read, write, and spell like everyone everyone else does. I have seen dyslexics learn with the proper teaching. It will take time and effort.
When you look for tutoring for dyslexia, find an Orton-Gillingham-based program. All such programs use a system that is based in research and show results.
For much more on whether or not you might be a dyslexic writer, I recommend Susan Barton's Web sites. Maybe you would like to start with this video. If you want help, Susan can point you in the right direction.All writers need to be edited. If you want to work with me, begin with a sample edit.
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