Surfing the web you can come across a zillion of posts listing the telltale signs you are a writer.
These posts can be entertaining, no doubt about that. But they’re often based on myths, stereotypes, and little more.
For example don’t worry if you didn’t start reading and writing before other children of your age. Or if your spelling abilities are still next to non existent.
Many great writers have managed to succeed despite these problems, and some others way more difficult as well.
Just think of W. B. Yeats and Jeanne Betancourt who had to work around their dyslexia.
Think also of Jean-Dominique Bauby, the editor-in-chief of French Elle, who found himself paralyzed apart from one eye as a result of a catastrophic stroke. And yet managed to write a touching book — The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Continue reading