Welcome to my Dyslexia Page.

As a writer with dyslexia, I intend to post issues relating to dyslexia generally and concerns relating to writing. Being a writer is not the easiest thing to do and being a writer with dyslexia is even more challenging. What is not generally known is that people with dyslexia can be excellent writers. But the world is an unforgiving place. Dyslexics may struggle with grammar, punctuation and syntax. And, although there are excellent grammar and spell checking packages available, mistakes are often made and are no excuse if you are submitting your work to publishers. The positives of dyslexia are an excellent imagination and an ability to combine words in novel and innovative ways. The downside is that errors are difficult to spot and often the writer with dyslexia will see things written and spelt correctly even if they are not. Using professional proofreaders, as I do, helps but does not eliminate the problem entirely. I have made some howlers which I know have cost me dear. Learning editing skills will help and always double-check your work. The latest Word packages are excellent but there are danger zones. Ensure that any letter you write to publishers or agents on-line is triple-checked before pressing submit, as the spell-checker is not as effective in spotting the strange foibles of dyslexia and it's a double tragedy if all your hard work and effort into perfecting your story is ruined by a last minute overeager typo. That's me being overeager, not the typo, see what I mean? Finally, in this post, the Oxford Dictionary has double-check hyphenated and triple-check unhyphenated so, I have chosen to be consistent and hyphenated both.

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