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Dyslexia and becoming an author

If you’re dyslexic, then you, Albert Einstein, Richard Branson, Henry Winkler and Orlando Bloom can all officially high-five each other.

Before the first dictionary was written by Samuel Johnson, nobody was dyslexic, there wasn’t such a word. In fact, we spelt rather imaginatively.
Shakespeare hardly spelt the same word twice and a lot of his work, apparently, was written down for him.

If Bernard Taylor, Don Mullan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynda La Plante, Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dav Pilkey, John Irving and Roald Dahl all listened to criticism and discouragement, we would be without some extraordinary novels and books today. After all, having dyslexia doesn’t mean you don’t have a story to tell or that your story is less important than someone without the condition, does it? In fact, in many cases, it may be that your brain works in such a way that your story can be more engaging and more cleverly planned out.

Author Sally Gardner, who penned the award-winning "I Corinader" and who is openly dyslexic and often talks about it very candidly online, wrote an honest and up-front poem to describe her journey with dyslexia: “Words are our servants, we are not their slaves, it matters not how we spell them, it matters what we say.”

Still think dyselxia should hold you back? Well, these guys didn't. You might have heard of them...

Tom Cruise: "Being dyslexic, I had to train myself to focus my attention. I became very visual and learned how to create mental images in order to comprehend what I read."

Muhammad Ali: "As a high school student many of my teachers labelled me dumb. I could barely read my textbooks."

Whoopi Goldberg: "When I was a kid they didn’t call it dyslexia. They called it... you know, you were slow or retarded or whatever."

Agatha Christie: "Writing and spelling were always terribly difficult for me. My letters were without originality. I was...an extraordinarily bad speller and have remained so."

Winston Churchill"I was, on the whole, considerably discouraged by my school days. It was not pleasant to feel oneself so completely outclassed and left behind at the beginning of the race."

Richard Branson: "Being dyslexic can actually help in the outside world. I see some things clearer than other people do because I have to simplify things to help me and that has helped others."

Orlando Bloom: "I fell in love with drama at school, where I struggled with other lessons because of my dyslexia."

Jamie Oliver: "It was with great regret that I didn’t do better at school. People just thought I was thick. It was a struggle. I never really understood dyslexia and who could bring out my strengths."

Cher: "I never read in school. I got really bad grades – Ds and Fs and Cs in some classes and A’s and B’s in other classes. In the second week of the 11th grade I just quit. When I was in school it was really difficult. Almost everything I learned I had to learn by listening. My report cards always said I was not living up to my potential."

Tommy Hilfiger: "I performed poorly at school and was perceived as stupid because of my dyslexia. I still have trouble reading. I have to concentrate very hard at going left to right, left to right, otherwise my eye just wanders to the bottom of the page."

At Austin Macauley, we want to encourage, not discourage, any authors who might be reluctant to finish their novel because of disheartening critics, the worst of which is often the author themselves. Too many people are put off from penning their potential masterpiece because attempting to do so is too frustrating. We are here to remind people that we are not looking for perfection in a submission – after all, we have a full expert team of proof readers who can guide you. In our opinion, a good story is a good story. Our editors can look beyond spelling mistakes and see the potential in a manuscript and believe in an author and their story.

Maybe you could be that author, maybe the story could be yours...

 

By Sammi Leaver - Digital Marketing Manager

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