Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dyslexics - Can they become writers and authors? & Lesson 25

Many people confuse difficulties in reading and the ability to write. Many of the well known writers are dyslexic. Dyslexia affects one’s ability to read and spell (in orthographically inconsistent language) but it does not affect one’s imagination and creativity.

Agatha Christie: Author (1890 - 1976). The most successful mystery writer of all time was a dyslexic.

That should be enough to impress upon any dyslexic that he can become a successful author.

There are many successful authors besides Agatha Christie. I’ll just list a few.

Bernie Taylor, a writer and author, found out he was a dyslexic at the age of 38. Unlike many writers he has to rewrite many times to get it grammatically correct. He says that he is a big out of the box thinker.

John Irving said that bad spelling like his was considered a psychological problem and he was turned over to the school psychiatrist. Yet he turned out to be an internationally acclaimed author.

Ronald Davis says that at the age of 12 he was considered mentally retarded and could not be educated. When he was 38 years old he could score 169 on the IQ test yet found it hard to read a menu in a restaurant. He is dyslexic and yet an accomplished author.

Vince Flynn (born April 6, 1966) is a best-selling American author of political thriller novels.
Flynn had been diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school and had struggled with reading and writing all his life and yet decided to write books and to-date has written 11 books.

So for all dyslexics who want to be authors just believe that you can be what you want to be. Today, with computers and spell checkers, you with your “Thinking out of the box mind” together with your imagination and creativeness will be able to write books. It will be much easier for you than Agatha Christie who did not have the benefit of a computer and spell checker.

Dream big and never give up on your dreams. Dyslexia can slow you down but not stop you from your goals.

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Anonymous said...

You have cited some pretty renowned examples and probably given faith to those who perhaps have contemplated on the idea of becoming a writer but lacked self belief.

Importantly you have also made a key distinction that, supposed difficulties in reading is no hindrance to creative imagination.This statement is encouraging.

Whatever the issue in learning you have given hope and a desire for those with a germ of idea to pursue their dream.


Luqman Michel said...

Thank you Jase.Dyslexic children are exceptionally creative.

Mrs Ho said...

You are so right! Totally agreed that dyslexic children are not only creative indeed but at times can be resourceful and contriving. Thanks for your enduring patience.

Mrs Ho

Luqman Michel said...

Thank you for your kind words Mrs.Ho.
I learned a lot about being patient from my students.