As dyslexia makes some areas of academia difficult, it doesn’t make
it impossible. Just ask Steven Cannell. It made some areas of his life
difficult, but certainly not impossible. At this time he has written
15 novels, including the critically acclaimed Shane Scully series. He
became one of television’s most prolific writers, spanning three
decades. His TV hits include: Greatest American Hero, The A-Team,
Hunter, Riptide, Hardcastle & McCormick, 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy, The
Commish, Renegade and Silk Stalkings. And one I watched often growing
up, The Rockford Files. Who knew, from all those days of watching the The
Rockford Files, it was written by a man who had dyslexia.
Those days I was struggling to get through English, and closet writing. Cannell came as an
affirmation before my very eyes that the difficulties I was experiencing
didn’t have to shame my ambition to write. It didn’t stop me from
writing, it all just went into a storage bin in my closet because I
was still compelled to write regardless of the discouragement I got
from teachers. (The “authorities” in writing?) Eventually some of those
stories got pieced together in a funny book “Life In A Nutshell.”
Check it out Steven, let me know what you think.
Cannell is not ashamed to advocate that he had dyslexia. In fact, if you
click on the link you will see a series of videos where Cannell
talks about his dyslexia as he attempts to demystify what it meant
in his life to become a big time Hollywood writer.
Right on Steven. Have your people call my people.
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