I understand that many great writers of the past had dyslexia, so it's obvious to me that these writers were able to overcome their disorder. But with me, it seems like my dyslexia has done nothing good in my quest to become a better writer. I am currently a Junior in Highschool, and my mother is a writer and librarian in a public library near by, because of this I am told countless of times,"to become a good writer you must read!" I wish I could. I imagine myself in a chair reading a hundred books a day in a comfortable fancy house in the middle of no where. I really do want to read, I wish I had that drive that so many other have, and I certainly don't want to be labeled as one of those, 'Malineal illiterate Wannabe's.'
Ever sense I was a kid I made a conscience effort to put as much space between myself and books as possible, I hated them and no one knew why, however I did love music/film/animation/and oral story telling. It wasn't until this year that my parents and I acknowledged the fact that something wasn't right with me. I am slow reader and an awful test taker. When I read I get stressful head and stomach aches. 10 minutes feels like a whole hour, as I loose concentration with every bleeding second I read a book. During tests, Anxiety and fear control me, and I often go blank, wondering why I can't solve 18 - 26. So it wasn't until I wanted to improve my writing that I found out I had dyslexia, which has explained a lot. The SAT is coming up in october, I need to do as good as possible on it. The stress is building. I know I am a relatively smart kid, with a 3.8 GPA, but the American exam system leaves people like me at a huge disadvantage.
I think the greatest fear I have in this entire world would be to grow old and die without bringing my ideas to life, and because I do not read other people's stories my own stories will never be as good as they should. I need help.