The Writer Who Can’t Write but His Name Autofills in Search Engines

My journey as a writer with undiagnosed dysgraphia

Hogan Torah
The Unexpected Autistic Life

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For someone who calls themselves a professional writer, I’m terrible at writing. I’m great at putting words together but the typing is where I struggle. Somewhere between my brain and my fingers there’s a disconnect. After 30 years of writing my typing speed is 31 words per minute.

Certified proof of my lack of writing skills

I struggle with the correct spelling of basic words. I likely have a type of developmental coordination disorder that went undiagnosed.

This is how a guy who barely graduated high school because he couldn’t spell and never went to college became a successful writer whose name autofills in Google search.

The smart, slow kid

My worst subject was English.

I speak English fine. My vocabulary was huge. I love to read. Conversation, no problem.

My handwriting was terrible from day 1 and never got better. No matter how much I practiced, I still need to write slowly and deliberately or else no one, including me, can read it.

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Hogan Torah
The Unexpected Autistic Life

Counterculture journalist 💊 humorist 🤪 social media hegemon 🤴 Google me, I autofill 🕶️