My Speech Impediment May Have Limited My Ability To Tell Stories, But I Never Gave Up
Start writing a post
Student Life

My Speech Impediment May Have Limited My Ability To Tell Stories, But I Never Gave Up

My dream of being a storyteller never changed, but the method I chose to pursue it did.

875
My Speech Impediment May Have Limited My Ability To Tell Stories, But I Never Gave Up

Growing up I always loved telling stories. I have a severe speech impediment and could never speak properly. At first, I thought that I would never be able to tell stories successfully, but as I grew older, I realized that I could still tell stories, just not in the way that people would think.

When I was little, I would hide away in my playroom and reenact stories that I made with my Polly Pockets or my American Girl Dolls. At the time I didn't think anything of it. I would always assume that every child my age would create stories just like me. As I got older though, I noticed that all of my friends were starting to lose interest in dolls and telling stories, but I was still holding on to my imagination. I began to consume different stories in just about every medium regularly. I was already a big fan of movies and tv, but I was starting to obsess over the stories being told.

When I was little, I decided that I wanted to be an actress so that I could tell stories for a living. When I was in middle school, I auditioned for a lot of musical and theater shows with my local theater club, but I was usually never cast. I felt extremely defeated at first, but I ultimately decided to not give up on my dream of becoming an actor. I decided that I was going to work extremely hard and not give up on my dream. That didn't work out though.

When I got into high school, my mom forced me to join the yearbook staff. At the time I was extremely pissed off because I wanted to take drama and focus on being an actress, but after writing my first story I got a wave of euphoria, and I was instantly hooked on journalism and writing. I started to write more and more each week, and over time I started to gain more confidence in my writing. I soon started to branch out into writing fiction. At first, my writing was horrendous, then again I feel like everyone's is when they first start writing, but over time I started to develop my voice and become more confident in myself as a fiction writer.

In retrospect, I don't know why I fell in love with writing. I used to hate it. My first memory of creative writing was when I was in fourth grade, and my teacher made us write picture books. Long story short, I procrastinated, and my teacher ended up writing most of my book for me. It's ironic though, because flash forward 12 years later, I consider myself a serious writer. I write weekly articles here, I am minoring in creative writing, and I am also working on my first book.

I may have given up on my dream of becoming an actress, but I never lost my dream of becoming a great storyteller. Writing gave me a creative voice. Without it, I wouldn't be the person I am today.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Adulting

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

937015
Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

113844
man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses
Pinterest

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lifestyle

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

85324
​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments