Have you done any starring out of windows yet today? I have. I’m rather good at it, actually. If there was an exam in it, I’d get an A*, no problem. My mastery of the skill started at school. When a lesson got too confusing or hard or boring, I’d sort of switch off and daydream. It happened A LOT because I often found lessons confusing and hard and boring. I didn’t know it then, but I was slightly Dyslexic and also had problems processing and organising information (especially numbers) and concentrating on tasks. The noise of the classroom didn’t help either.
So I’d stick my fingers in my ears and do things I found easy like doodling and making up stories in my head and imaging what it would be like if my doodles came to life.
Did you know it’s Dyslexia Awareness Week? I do because my Dyslexia-friendly book, GRAPHIC, will be published (by Barrington Stoke) tomorrow and when arranging all my launch events someone has said, ‘how clever that you arranged for your book to come out in Dyslexia Awareness Week‘. I pretend it was planned that way but it’s just a very cool coincidence.
The coolest thing about GRAPHIC though, is that the story is completely based on my own experience of school. It’s about a boy called Joe who struggles a bit in lessons but is really good at art so he draws all the time. Then, one day, his drawings start coming true in scary and amazing ways!
Sadly, my own drawings didn’t come true (that only happens in fiction) but all that starring out of windows and doodling has come in quite handy in my job as an author and illustrator, hasn’t it? (I still stick my fingers in my ears too)
If your drawings started to come true like Joe’s, what would you draw next?
(Note from Jo: I realised that Cathy had spelled ‘staring’ wrong this afternoon, so I went into her post to edit it. And then I realised that would be a really silly thing to do, because Cathy’s post is all about dyslexia, and so her spelling is part of that. And I thought maybe it would be reassuring for other people with dyslexia to see that even published people have trouble spelling sometimes, and it doesn’t mean you can’t be a writer! So I have left it as it is )