HomedyslexiaWriting While Dyslexic
writing while dyslexicOne of the hardest things, by far, about being a dyslexic writer is pushing myself to write when I’m too fatigued to do it well. It’s not a matter of perfectionism, so much as an epic struggle to get anything down.

When I start writing anything, regardless of whether it’s fiction or non, I just let my fingers fly on the keyboard without paying attention to spelling or grammar. I’ve turned off those automatic spell- and grammar-checkers long ago, because those red and green squiggles are ridiculously distracting.

I’m at the point where I know those mistakes will happen, no matter what I do. That’s what the editing process is for, after all.

The thing that bugs me is my inability to think of words. I naturally think in pictures, and usually I can translate them relatively easily into words, but when I’m tired, sick or stressed, it’s much harder. The subject matter I’m addressing can also make it difficult.

The up side is that edits are very amusing, especially when it comes to word reversals and spell check suggestions. Here are a couple of gems I shared with one of my friends.

A message bubble with the words "...and I should not write while tired. "Worktop roofers" Wow."

​Worktop roofers sounds like an illegal drug, a computer program or something new for the kitchen. If I go to our local home improvement store, what do you think would happen if I asked for worktop roofers for my remodeling project?

Message bubble with the words "Proofing something about skylights "to break the class" No, dyslexia..."class" and "glass" are different things."I suppose they could both work if the skylight is above a classroom. I mean, things falling through a skylight would certainly disrupt class.
Message bubble with the words, "Wow. Spellcheck. I did not mean "two incest". I meant "two inches". INCHES. No incest."Well, this one was a typo. I’d left the “h” out, but the fact “incest” was suggested before “inches” highlights how spellcheck doesn’t take context into account.

Those three were the more amusing corrections that came from a document under 300 words long. I was exhausted while I was writing it initially, so there was a huge number of mistakes.  Still, it was harder writing those 200-something words than it was editing them.

In my case, I guess this is another manifestation of that determination dyslexics are so well known for now. If I keep pushing myself to get started, it’s easier to keep going once I finally have some momentum built up.

Beating that initial inertia is the hardest part.


Writing While Dyslexic — 2 Comments

  1. When you have dyslexia you really need to be able to laugh at your spelling mistakes otherwise you would probably cry. One of my favourite errors that I have made was in childhood when I wrote about trying goat meat for the fist time and wrote it was like a juicy Cop (instead of chop) I also wrote to my husband (before we were married) not to forget the Christmas directions (instead of decorations) lucky he thought it was cute.

  2. You're so right!

    Those are some pretty good ones. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    I had another good one yesterday during #AbilityChat. I told someone I was gland to see them instead of glad to see them. Not quite what I had intended!

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