|In case you can’t read my handwriting – “The world we have
created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be
changed without changing our thinking.” ~ Albert Einstein
One day, I hope to be published novelist. I’m already working on my first series, submitting short stories and partaking in contests, in addition to my blogging, freelance gigs and article writing. I do a lot of reading about other writers’ methods and tips. Why not learn from what others have done, right?
One disturbing trend I’ve noticed is the idea that if someone doesn’t do things in exactly the same way as the author, they’re not deemed a “real” writer. Unfortunately, some of the tips have gotten rather well known, like the whole “you must write every day” idea. I guess I’m not a real writer, because if I write every day, my brain shorts out on me. Hello, dyslexia! Thanks for letting me know it’s time to focus on something else for a while.
That single minded attitude of “it must be done this way, or it’s wrong” is something we’re trained for since childhood. We’re taught to do things in one particular way, and often discouraged from doing it differently.
When it comes right down to it, this comes from the idea that everyone should think in the same way, and therefore, learn and behave in the same way. The more rigid people become in this point of view, the harder it is for them to deal with anyone who happens to be different.
This, of course, translates into our schools. If a child doesn’t fit in with the majority of the kids, they’re dubbed lazy, willful, disabled, or a range of other things. This makes the child ‘defective’ without allowing room for the broken aspects of the educational system to even be acknowledged. As a result, we have a new generation of adults who struggle to make it through the day.
When you look at the issue of learning differences/disabilities and other forms of neurodiversity from this point of view, it becomes something our culture as a whole needs to address.
How do we do that? If the only ones we can control are ourselves, how can we get others to question their own problematic thinking?
Well, we can’t.
All we can do is lead by example, by learning more about the world around us, and reserving judgement on people we don’t understand. When you start on that path, you might be surprised at how many will follow you.