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ADHD, The Word Of The Day

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I am a writer. Among other things, I write two blogs. I also contribute to another group blog on a regular basis. That amounts to an average of somewhere between ten and eleven posts a week.

And I write other things that I’ve mentioned so often here I’m sure you’re all sick of hearing about them.

And I think I might have mentioned that I don’t really get anything that resembles normal writer’s block. I seem to have a knack for just sitting down and writing when I have to.

Today’s post is late …

This post you’re reading is actually half a day or so late. But not because of any sort of writer’s block. It’s late because I get distracted, I procrastinate, I don’t have a good sense of time. It’s late because I can completely forget what day of the week it is.

It’s late because I just generally am busy doing a hundred other things, most of which were spontaneous activities. Activities that, on careful and focused examination, did not need to be done right at the moment that they got done; if ever.

So now I’m writing …

So here I sit, pondering the things that have made this post late. But it wouldn’t be fair to just itemize those things without pointing out that my ADHD is a big contributor to my lack of writer’s block.

It takes very little consideration for my mind to come up with fodder for the word mill. In fact, lack of focus means I can consider my general subject momentarily and then very quickly, just as my mind starts to stroll along the borders of that subject, and then consider wandering off into the distance, I come up with a topic. Or sometimes two or three.

ADHDing work

Additionally, I get to do something those of us with ADHD are really good at. I get to do Random Association to come up with both topics and content.

And yes, Random Association produces a lot of unusable ideas, but because of the quickness of my mind, there is more usable stuff produced as a result of the quantity of thoughts I have.

To put it another way, if two percent of the thoughts one has are usable as content, then that’s only one idea out of fifty. But since my mind has no brakes, I can count on twenty usable ideas … from the thousand that just blasted through my mind.

Really?

Yes. In fact, the real problem for me is retaining those ideas long enough to write them down.

So I’m going to suggest that, if you don’t have ADHD, don’t wish it on yourself.

But if you do, don’t even think about becoming a writer … I don’t need the competition.

Just kidding

If you have ADHD, my suggestion is to figure out your flavour of this insidious burden and then make and take every advantage you can from it.

ADHD won’t do you any favors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it to do favors for yourself.

ADHD, The Word Of The Day


Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

email me at ADHD Man


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Babcock, K. (2016). ADHD, The Word Of The Day. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 19, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2016/09/adhd-the-word-of-the-day/

 

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