dysfunctional writer

my brother who is has literature doctrine degree calls me a writer but at same time he says due to dyslexia it will take more work than most folks which i agree. first time of writing something is incoherant just to get the idea out. wandering when you folks start editing punctuation , spelling and structure-wise.i am thinking of once done with first chapter will do first edit to make punctuality wise bit more understanding i meant only 1 round of edit then each chapter i will do that then after first draft done full edit will be done :mrgreen:

I edit all the time.
When read what I have written and change some things while reading. Then I export it as epub or on paper and read again, and make notes and comments. And when I am done and think that the text is finished, I read it all again from the start, and change words, edit punctuation, split or connect sentences, depending on how it “sounds” when I read it.

Sometimes I try to imagine how it would sound if someone would read the text to an audience. :smiley:

Listening to your work is, IMO, a great idea.

Helps to identify typos, and it allows you to hear the rhythm of the writing. If the work sounds good when read by a voice utility (see the link below), you’re definitely heading in the right direction.

briarkitesme.com/2015/05/02/how- … -amwrting/

I’m dyslexic too. Scrivener is a life-saver for me. Being able to get my thoughts down on (virtual) paper as quickly as possible to then split/merge documents and move them around in the Binder to produce a coherent narrative.

When editing I wait a while before doing it. If the writing project has a deadline (submission of a paper or a review to an academic journal) then I have to be careful. However, if it is a novel or other non-commissioned work then I can put it aside for a longer period of time so that I forget what I intended to say and subsequently have to re-read what I actually said. (When I used pen and paper I would leave words out because the means of production did not keep up with the speed of my thoughts which resulted in words going missing—unimportant words like not.)

One thing that helps my dyslexia and not just in Scrivener is being able to touch type. I find that looking at the screen using eight fingers and two thumbs to type improves not only spelling but my writing. When I peck at keys with two fingers looking down at what my hands are doing the result is less than optimal. Touch typing helps with the lost words problem too as I type at the same speed as my thoughts and being as there is no resistance from the paper (or fine motor control issues—also a component of my dyslexia) I can get it all down before the ideas evaporate and are lost forever.

Adjusting the background and font helps too. If your dyslexia includes a Mears Irlen Syndrome component—mine does—then changing those features can get you writing quicker. For me black text on white background is fine but its the other stuff that causes me problems. Right now the pale blue background to the forums and especially the flashing emoticons are doing my head in.

You have the (user-control-panel) power…


It can be. A component of my dyslexic profile is slow audiological processing. I can listen to intricate lectures on topics I don’t understand and still follow them with great accuracy but audio books don’t work for me. When attending lectures for myself I do not take notes but can recall 90% of the content the following day.

Again works for material but not others. I have prepared for professional engagements by feeding the script through a text-to-speech system (Mac OS X with iOS Siri’s female voice works for me) so I can get the timing of my translation right. But I find that the rhythm of the text is never there from these systems. That is something I had to train myself to do. (Lyn Dupré’s Debugging Your Prose was a start and more latterly Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled.

For us dyslexics the issue is that we are not homogeneous. What works for one of us may not work for someone else with a similar profile. What works for most of us may not work for a specific individual. A colleague has Mears Irlen Syndrome, like me, but they need every page to be a different colour (of paper and print) otherwise their ability to make sense of marks on the paper breaks. Other colleagues cope with using the same colours throughout 4,000 pages of text.

Thanks for that. I’m going to change it forthwith. The most exasperating of those emoticons is the exasperating one as it flashes yellow then red. Highly intrusive into my visual field. (I could probably cope with the others as they are relatively static.)

Although it’s a limited power. It removes one aspect but not the major one, which is the multiple blues that cover the web pages in the forums.

Argh! That didn’t work :blush: What it appears to do is change the represenation of emoticons within a post not remove the block of grinning gargoyles to the side of the typing area. Individual emoticons in text aren’t the issue. It’s the ones to the side of the box I need to eradicate from view.

Guess different methods suit different people. Dyslexia adds an additional layer of complexity, but people seem to adapt pretty well to the demands placed on them. A dyslexic friend just completed her PhD. When she was a kid, her teacher said she’d struggle to get through high school. Persistence is omnipotent.

You can get rid of the grinning gargoyles to the side of the typing area by hiding them behind the composition area.



Bit of a fudge, but hopefully better than nothing.

Interesting idea. But I think I’m going with a more permanent solution: AdBlockPlus’ Element Hider. That whole block of stuff is one element. Add it to my (long) list of stuff on the Web that is to be hidden and those jabbering emoticons will be gone for good, once and for all. The only thing I lose is the link to an FAQ on BBCode but as I really—never—use that stuff that isn’t an issue. Well that and the Topic review link but like the BBCode FAQ it’s not something I have ever used.