I am the worlds worst speller. I joke that the only word I know how to spell is my first name. (Although my first name is 8 letters long, it did take me a while to master it in elementary school.) I would loose at the word loose in a spelling bee. At first I said thank the Good God for spell check. Now I say that the Good God for Google.
It is pathetic, my inability to spell. Not only am I a full-fledged adult who learned cursive in grade school, I did not have the use of computers throughout high school (everything was hand written, can you imagine!), I went on major in English in college. I have a BA from a top ten university in a field of study in which I lack a key concept.
The extent to how much spelling affects my life is embarrassingly amazing. My personal conundrum is far beyond my power to control it. I construct sentences around the spelling of words. I am writer who cannot spell, I am a poet who must choose words wisely.
There is a good chance that I am dyslexic. A very good chance that I am very dyslexic. I read words starting with the end and then ending with the beginning. Then I have to remember to flip it in my head before I read that word. It gets exhausting. When I write, I have to concentrate on every word to make sure that is comes out properly. The only way I know how to spell anything is via memorization. The order, the proper placement of algorithm of letters, are lined up in my memory stacks.
I am hoping that writing more will help me with spelling, and give my the confidence to not let the written word hold me back. Most of the time it is the hesitation that holds me back. Marigold is to help me cool my sensitivity and memorize more word blueprints.
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Seriously Marigold, there may be evidence of a lack of simple proof reading, but there is little evidence of your described challenge in some of the remarkable entries on your blog. That said, your confessed struggle with spelling may manifest in the energy you use in careful and often eloquent choice of wording in your prose. Whatever the case, your triumph is evident in your writing- and the university papers you collected points more to your genius to adapt. I must say, the insight into your “word processor” is fascinating.