Tick, Tick, Tick

Tick, Tick, Tick

Stubborn. Stubborn like an old farm animal. They appear when they’re least wanted. When they’re the least useful. It’s my writing ghost. Or a ghost writer?

No.

It’s the stubborn phantom standing over my shoulder who enjoys repeating the word “ghost”, “ghost”, “ghost” over and over and over. Imagine it. Writing ghost, then deleting. Type Ghost, delete word, repeat. It’s a tick.

Tick – Tick – Tick

ADHD? Autism Spectrum? What about for someone who has (or is?) both?

Writing that five letter word over and over really helps me when I’m stuck. It helps me think. Weird, I know. But it’s interesting, isn’t it? We all have our little things we do when we’re writing – what helps get where we wanna go with the story.

What’s yours?

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Living With ADHD As A Writer

About time. It’s only a quarter past ten at night so this is a big development. Why is that? Well, it’s for a number of reasons, really. In short, it means I am getting better. I’m getting better at writing a little bit earlier in the night so I’m not forcing out a bunch of rambling thoughts that seemingly have little to no connection between one another.

Here’s the thing, though. Another ten minutes just went by between the end of that last sentence and the start of this one.

ADHD.

Rick Steve’s Europe just came on. Knowing me, the random history buff with a passive interest in European gothic architecture, history of its food, and other aspects of various cultures, it’s going to continue in taking my attention away from writing.

Fun Fact: King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215.

Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda Fitzgerald, and William Styron, suffered from mental illness. Agatha Christie, also. But let’s focus specifically on ADHD.

Did you know famous children’s book writer & illustrator Dav Pilkey also has ADHD? How about Rick Riordan? I bring those two up specifically because of how much just these two have revolutionized the literary world of today – how we perceive blending myth with reality and just plain silly fun.

Are people with ADHD bad at writing?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has many unique traits and some similar. Because of that, ADHD impacts every person differently. In this instance, it’s 12:26am now writing this latest sentence.

So, we’re not bad at writing, per se, but we are bad with time management. Some people with ADHD are better than others with time management but that just illustrates my point that ADHD impacts everyone differently.

Oh, look. Hey, Arnold! is coming on on the Nick Rewind channel.

We each have it within us to determine what works for us specifically and not as a group. It’s uncomfortable and frustrating figuring it out but it’s incredibly worth it in the end. So don’t let other people, especially other “writers” and “authors”, tell you how you should better manage your time as a writer with ADHD.

You got this!