Writing That Novel

Posted: October 31, 2010 in ADHD, Life, writing
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There is something a little satisfying about meeting a group of people who have something in common with you.  I realized the joy of that when I attended an ADD support group recently.

Having been formerly diagnosed as having Attention Deficit Disorder a few weeks ago, I’ve made up my mind to do something about it.  Contrary to popular belief, the answer is *not* drugs.  Or rather not *just* drugs.  No, the psychiatrist who gave me the diagnosis said “wolf, you need to get to the point where you have more control over your impulses and focus.”

He grabbed a pen and pretended he was writing something.  “Basically, when you do anything at all, you’ll want to be in the moment.  When you pick up the pen like this, you’ll want to be aware of how it feels in your hand.  What part of your fingers are touching it?  Is it rough or smooth?  And when you put it to the paper, you’ll want to be aware of the pressure your hand has to exert to write anything at all.”

I nodded, even as I acknowledged that, with the exception of the rent cheque each month, I NEVER write anything.  And that got me thinking about what day it was and whether the rent was due soon.

The doc brought me back on track.  “So…you won’t be able to do that right out of the gate.  So you’ll need meds initially to get you to that point.  But, the goal is to come to the place where you won’t need the meds anymore.”

I nodded.  This sounded just about, oh I don’t know, pretty much perfect to me.

“You told me you long suspected you had ADD.  What have you done about it so far?”

I looked at him.  “Well, I’ve attended a couple of workshops and….”  I thought for a moment.  “Oh yes!  I joined a support group.”

“You did?  What is it?”

“It’s a group that meets at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health every couple of weeks.”

“Oh yes.  I’m aware of that group.  Good.  Keep going.  And see your family doctor for the meds.”

With that, I thanked him and left.

The other night I met with the support group, and a few of us “newbies” split off into a separate group, where we were encouraged to tell our stories.   When it got around to me, I had so many different things to say, and I wanted to say them all at once, that I got stuck.

“Sorry – there’s about a million thoughts going on right now.”

They all nodded knowingly.  Every last one of them.  They knew.   They knew exactly what it was all about.

Awesome.

Earlier, we had discussed Executive Function – that process in everyone’s brain that allows you to consider several things, categorize them, and put them on various shelves in your mind, so that you can pick them up at will and work with each one individually, until completion.   The classic ADDer doesn’t have a fully functioning system.  We take all of those things and we want to process them all at the same time.   Executive function allows you to start and stop actions, anticipate stuff and adapt to changing situations.   The lack of it can really mess you up.

Here’s the thing:  when you grow up in this state, you have no idea anything’s wrong.  You watch other people complete projects fairly easily, and you think that maybe you’re just not smart enough (because you know you’re *lousy* at doing projects).  I used to truly truly HATE it when the teacher assigned projects to us.

Then, later on you realize that you really do “get” a lot of concepts, and often you’re leaps and bounds beyond others.  So you know you’re not stupid.  So you conclude maybe you’re just too lazy.  Input from others (teachers, parents, friends) seems to confirm this self-analysis.

You discover you have a penchant for seeing “the big picture” in any situation.  You realize that you’re well suited to managing conflicts, mostly because you can simultaneously see various viewpoints at once.  You understand how they got there – and you understand almost instantaneously.  Seems like a wonderful trait to have.  And by God you’ll accept that one, since you’re such a miserable failure at other things.

You often do hilarious things too.  Like turning on the tap to fill up the sink so you can do the dishes, then sitting down at the computer to work on something, only to realize twenty minutes later (if you’re lucky) that you left the tap running.  This unfortunate circumstance is confirmed as you walked out into the hallway, straight into a mini-lake.

Or you come home from buying groceries, some of which are frozen foods.   You put them down to get the key out of the door.  You realize there’s a program on TV that you wanted to see, so you put the keys down and go turn the TV on.  Then you remember an email that you wanted to send, so you go into your office and bang it out.   Then something else, then something else and then it’s time for bed so you brush your teeth and hit the sack.

The next morning you come out the kitchen and you see the now-smelly “frozen food” that you left out the day before.

This is my life, folks.

There are a lot of positives about the ADD life:  there’s an incredible creativity that comes with the “gift”.  A lot of actors and comedians get into the entertainment business because of this knack they have.  I’ve done improv comedy and I have to tell you:  that was one of the highlights of my adult existence.  It takes you back to the time when you were a kid, and anything was possible.  “What if I was an old man, with a young trophy wife who wanted me dead?  Or what if I was a pimp, with a stripper girlfriend and a four year old child?”

You get to play all these parts (the stripper/pimp thing was played out in real life on a crowded bus one day, to an unsuspecting audience.), and you have so much FUN.

The downside:  you take on projects and never complete them.  Not without some prompting.  Also – you can barely stand linear conversations.  You get so *bored*.  So easily bored.  It’s one reason I hate telephones.

There’s one personal project I’ve had on the back burner for quite some time.  There’s a book I want to write.  I have several concepts that I really want to share in it.  When I say “quite some time” – we’re talking a few years here.  And I’ve started it several times.  Each time I got distracted and lost momentum.

A good friend of mine mentioned a once a year event, called NaNoWriMo.  That’s a kind of awkward acronym for “National Novel Writing Month”.  It’s a trans-continental event that takes place mostly on the net.  The shared goal of writers everywhere is this:  we have to write 50,000 words in thirty days.  Entirely do-able – and this is evident by the fact that so many writers manage to do it every year.  It’s been in existence for I think twelve years, and each year there’s an exponentially larger list of participants.

The other night I attended the local Toronto NaNoWriMo kick-off party.  We had a ball!   There’s going to be an all-night event where some of the participants get together at a large house, specifically to write as much as possible during the night.  I frankly can’t wait for that one.

There’s another event, where we get on the subway at one end of the system, and we ride it for as long as possible, just writing away.

This is the aspiring writer’s ADD dream:  to have input and a goad to get this particular goal accomplished.

I am *so* grateful to my friend Katy for having introduced this to me.   She’s done NaNoWriMo herself, with great success.

I will too.  Part of the method for getting this done involves making myself accountable to others.  Telling as many people as possible about it.  Potential embarrassment is a killer motivator.

So….this begins tomorrow.  November 1.

You likely won’t see much of me during the month.   I get emails when you leave comments on my blog though.

So here’s the deal:  if you’re so inclined, please drop me a comment here at the bottom of this blog, now and then.  Ask me how I’m doing.

I promise to answer.  And I will tell you the truth.

Oh man.  This is going to be good.

Comments
  1. Chickee says:

    Wolf. This is kind of scary, but you just described my normal day. Matter of fact I went upstairs a few hours ago to put some pictures away. And reading this I rembered putting them on the stairway railing while I did something else. They are still there. The grocery thing… I’ve done that. I’ve even gotten calls from my neighbors that I’ve left my car door open after bringing in groceries. Like i said kind of scary.

    But at midnight tonight I am going to at least type the words “once upon a time”, even if that is the only thing that comes to mind. Then I am going to TRY as hard as I can to bang those words out each day. Plotting, twisting…. and praying.

    GOOD LUCK. =)

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    • wolfshades says:

      Good luck to you too Chickee! We’ll get through this – I know it. And at the end, maybe we’ll both have something we can edit and send off to an agent or two.

      A *lot* of novelists get their start this way.

      P.S. You may want to check out totallyadd.com – and take their online test. It isn’t meant to give a diagnosis – only an indicator as to whether it’s worth pursuing with a psychologist or psychiatrist to determine for sure whether you have ADD. Anyway, that’s the way I did it.

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      • Chickee says:

        I just went to take that ADD test. I wanted to give that guys a shake. I sat here thinking “shut up I already said yes. Next question.” I got 9 out of 9 on the first part. Answered no to the next one and it was done. If he could have heard me when he was talking he’d have said get yer ass to the doc. LoL

        As for NaNo. I’m ahead on the word count so far. yippy. But I am sure if i actually edited what OI wrote I’d scrap all but a few lines. But I promised myself to leave it all in the hopes of hitting that 50,000 word mark.

        I know how you love that iPad so keep stroking her until the 30th. Are you writing a story of a boy and his love for a little square electronic device?

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        • wolfshades says:

          Well congratulations then, and welcome to the club (re: ADD). You may also want to check out the forums there at totallyadd.com. Also, there’s a larger forum at addforums.com.

          You’re doing much better than I am with NaNo. I’ve been progressing every day but I’m not near the word count goal so far. I’m Ok with that though. So much of this is in the setup – I think there’s a momentum that will happen soon and then my fingers will be flying.

          That’s the hope anyway. (And no, I’m doing none of it on the iPad. That’s the way to madness. Which, if you’ve ever typed on an iPhone, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.)

          My story is about a man, his wife, his kid, and his best friend. But….it gets pretty dark. I’m having a lot of fun with it actually, and have created a style based upon one from my favourite author. (Tom Robbins)

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          • Sorry, have to intervene… I’m on the floor laughing hysterically at Chickee’s comment! A story about a boy and his love of a little square device? Come on, that was PRICELESS! You go girl!

            Hee! Hee!

            Congrats and good luck to both of you! I’m crossing my fingers for you both!

            Hugs,
            Carmen

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          • Chickee says:

            Mine is about a girl who is completely convinced that her life would have been perfect if only her parents hadn’t named her Harriet. A name she sees as frumpy and boring. And she is doing her best to live up to that.

            I want to smack her. LoL But she keeps talking so I guess we will see where she wants to go.

            Keep building that momentum!!

            ♥ chickee

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            • wolfshades says:

              Sounds like fun. Sounds too like your character sort of took on a life of her own.

              I love it when that happens. It’s kind of like the story starts to write itself at that point. And you, the author, are just coming along for the ride. :)

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  2. Ronda says:

    Good luck! I know you can do it, with the right focus and the right group of people pushing you–in person. I look forward to buying your first book, and hopefully it will be a hardback, not just an e-book.

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    • wolfshades says:

      From your keyboard to God’s ears, Ronda. :) Thanks so much!

      I’m ok with having it come out in hardcover and e-book. Some authors have been speaking up about this, and they say they can sell a lot more if their books are cheaper via e-book format. Go figure, huh?

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  3. TheIdiotSpeaketh says:

    Wolf Buddy.. Good luck with the writing! Best of luck with the ADD treatment, I truly hope that the therapy, meds, and support group can be of true help to you. You and I can trade therapy stories! And far as ADD, a disorder I know NOTHING about, now ya got me scared. A few of the things you mentioned, half-jokingly, are me! I always say that I have virtually no attention span. I am always doing stuff like what you mentioned. I will put something in the microwave for 3 minutes and then come back an hour later because I got sidetracked doing 3 other things, one after the other. Maybe I ought to look at ADD a little closer and it to my list. Best of luck to you Buddy! I’m pulling for ya!

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    • wolfshades says:

      Thanks so much! You know, it might be worth mentioning what you just told me when you go for your therapy sessions. It’s an amazing world: some of us have symptoms from one area, mixed with symptoms from another. It doesn’t ever seem to be a black and white thing at all – which is why they have measured tests to determine it. There are anxiety things, bipolar things, ADD things – you name it. A whole range of things that docs need to look at.

      Thanks for the encouragement!

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  4. Abe's Blog says:

    I’m rooting for you! I’ll try to remember to come and bug you about the progress. I remember when you took some time off from the web to work on this…what was that, a year or two ago? I have so much going on this month that I’m not sure I can participate, but I’m really hoping you do this. Go Wolf!

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    • wolfshades says:

      Nothing wrong with your memory at all, Abe. That’s exactly why I took time off from Myspace. I found it too distracting. This was before I even thought about the possibility of ADD – but yet knew enough to know that I wasn’t writing my book because of distraction.

      Never realizing that stepping away from Myspace just meant, in the end, that I would discover other things to distract me from the book. Go figure.

      I appreciate your support – and yeah – stop in anytime! :)

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  5. Momma Fargo says:

    Good on you. Very glad you are following your heart. Good luck.

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  6. Doing Nano this year as well – it is a ride – a total trip complete with sleezy diners, gas bar washrooms and road side inns (no bed bugs if you are lucky.)

    Good luck – have fun – remember to upload so we can cheer you on.

    M.L.

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  7. Jay Bird says:

    Oh Wolf, you’re doing NaNoWriMo too?! :D I’m doing it! I’m so excited! It starts TODAY! I go by Jay Bird there, the same as I do here. You’ll find me here: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/691803 Best of luck to us both! My strategy sounds crazy to most but I’m writing by hand to take myself completely away from games and the Net when I sit down to write. It’ll take longer, but I’ll be able to write more consecutively. Plus the portability is a great bonus.

    I’m glad to hear that your support group and treatment are going so well for you. It’s nice to see the ball finally rolling isn’t it? I remember how refreshing that was, it was like a whole world opened up. There’s really nothing like it.

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    • wolfshades says:

      Jay Bird! Excellent! I don’t know if you’re anywhere near Toronto but if you are, there are some great things going on during the month, hosted by the Toronto NaNoWriMo chapter, which includes an all-nighter group writing session, as well as a writing session where we get on one end of the subway and ride it for as long as possible, end to end. And of course there’s the TGIO party after the 30th as well. :)

      Anyway the details are here: http://www.torontonano.org/v2/

      Interesting choice of writing method. I certainly see the logic of it. I’ve got three computers to work from but plan to just use the one laptop as much as possible (note to self: disable the wifi on that thing first!).

      Yes, the support group is pretty good. It’s just great to know that others face the same issues. I still can’t get over the fact that I lived life for all of those years, thinking that my struggles were the same as everyone else’s. When they clearly weren’t. Wow. What an eye-opener that was.

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  8. When I first mentioned NaNoWriMo to you I hoped you would do it but I really didn’t think you would because you’re not much of a “joiner” but neither am I and I did it. ;)

    I’m so glad that you’re excited about embracing the challenge. Last year it was NaNoWriMo that helped me get unstuck and I ended up with over 80k words toward my first novel by the end of the month.

    Add me as a Buddy, please: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/545064 – if that link doesn’t work, you can find me under Unequivocal Kate. I looked but didn’t find you.

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    • wolfshades says:

      You know, as soon as you first mentioned it to me, all of the lights went on – even the ones in the attic – and I was immediately excited about it. And disappointed that NaNoWriMo wasn’t *next* month (ie the month after you mentioned it) instead of another bunch of months away.

      Just added you as a buddy. (I’m listed there as “wolfshades” – kind of weird that I’m not yet to be found).

      Thanks again SO MUCH for telling me about this, Kate.

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  9. Mwwuuuuuaaaaahhhhh! I’m so proud of you!

    xxoo,

    Carmen

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  10. Randy Hawes says:

    Ok, it’s end of Day 8. How are we doing with our book?

    [All of us here have been hearing about this book for soooo long, we’ve taken ownership of it.]

    So?

    {:-)

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    • wolfshades says:

      Thanks for asking, Randy.

      I’m not doing as well as I’d like, but much better than I was before this started.
      The NaNoWriMo site breaks down how many words you should be averaging a day, and I’ve yet to meet that. But ….someone mentioned to me that it’s more important that you take your time, especially at the start, and get the baseline of the story established.

      I have no doubt the speed and volume of words will pick up as the month goes on. It’s these first few days that are bothersome. :)

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  11. Abe's Blog says:

    Hey Wolf!
    Knock knock knock
    Hey! Wolf!
    How’s it going?
    :)

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  12. Well, as you say – almost everything can be a curse or a blessing. I recognize myself in most of it – my dad used to call me a “Professor” and I got the nick-name Dizzy Blonde for a reason… I don’t know how many things I’ve burnt, ppl I’ve forgot to call, doors I’ve left unlocked and similar such situations. I think it’s a pattern – a habit. An overactive brain if you so like. And Yes, one thing at a time is a golden rule… Good luck with the novel :)

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    • wolfshades says:

      Yes, that seeming absent-mindedness you mention is part and parcel of ADD. Many people have some of the ADD symptoms but don’t actually have it. There’s a threshold involved, where you have to show x amount of symptoms. I first suspected I had it when someone pointed me to the totallyadd.com website, where there’s an online test to let you know whether you should get a diagnosis from a doctor (the test only shows if you might have it, not whether you do or not). Anyway, I took it and was a little stunned at the things I found. So I followed up with a doctor and, several months later, finally got the diagnosis.

      Thanks for the good wishes on the book. It’s coming along. Not as fast as I’d like but…I’m OK with that. :)

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  13. izziedarling says:

    Good luck, Wolf – rah! you! I was just diagnosed with ADHD – good grief, I would have behaved so much better when I was in elementary school had we known this. Am on the lowest and lightest of meds and it has made an enormous difference in my focus and getting things done. Woo Hoo. Enough of that, good luck on your writing. Will check back. Have a good/great day. :)

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    • wolfshades says:

      Hey Izzie! Congrats on getting the diagnosis and welcome to the club! The choir robes are behind the door, and there’s a hymn book here for you too. (i think the celebration won’t be understood by too many people though.)

      I am so looking forward to getting that focus too. I’ve avoided going back to school because I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep focus long enough to actually accomplish anything.

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  14. Mikey says:

    Good luck man!

    I have this nugget for you too – AFTER you get through November, check out a couple of books. One is “A Peaceful Warrior”, the other is “The Journey of Socrates”. Both are by Dan Millman. The mentor in the book, Socrates, talks a lot about that “here and now” state of being. A lot of Zen philosophy revolves around that also.

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  15. Temy says:

    Sorry to butt in here Wolfshades, but I just discovered you and wonderd if this is blogger word press or what?

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  16. Nessa says:

    Hi Wolf, I’m an old MS blog-lurker, glad to have found you again!
    Oh. My. I’ve never really put much stock in the ADD stuff; I was a teacher, and taught kids who had been diagnosed. Most of them were better with meds and a good talking-to with their parents. I guess I’ve always had preconceived notions of what ADD looks like.
    Until I just saw myself in your blog. Right down to the mostly finished novel, and the project I’m frantically trying to complete at the last minute because I keep trying to do it in bits. I can only do something if I can do it all at once, you know?
    Yikes.
    Good luck on the NaNo; it’s something I’ve always said I was going to do…but then something shiney…oh look! Is that a bird?
    ;)

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    • wolfshades says:

      Fascinating comment, Nessa! (Glad we found each other too.)

      You know – you could take a self-test at http://totallyadd.com just to see if it would be worthwhile to see a doctor. That’s what I did. While, like you, I was a little blown away by what I saw in others who had been diagnosed (recognizing the same behaviours that I had), I figured it would be best to take the test just to make sure I wasn’t just imagining things. I wasn’t.

      And three months later, after taking a number of tests through a psychologist, psychiatrist and psychometrist (yeah, that last one was completely new to me as well), I was finally told “yup. You’re an ADDer”

      Thanks for the good wishes on NaNo and, um WANNA PLAY CHECKERS?

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  17. TheIdiotSpeaketh says:

    Hey Wolf! Just checking in to see how you were doing. Hope everything is going well for you. Talk to ya soon buddy!

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    • wolfshades says:

      Thanks for dropping by! Things aren’t going as well as I’d like. But I’m much further along with the book than I ever have been before, and things are starting to feel exciting. So that’s good.

      Another member of our local chapter of NaNo has already completed the 50,000 words and is going for 100,000. So…there’s still time and if that person can do it, I certainly can. Not giving up. Not yet! :)

      (Oh, and plus – there’s an all night writing session going on tomorrow night. I’m hoping to attend. Should be fun!)

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  18. CaityWorld says:

    So, not much of November left. How’s the novel coming along?

    You have ADD, eh? Maybe you’ll be interested in my blog at caityworld.com.

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    • CaityWorld says:

      I should add that it’s different to http://caityworld.wordpress.com, which you’ve already seen. It’s about my journey with OCD.

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      • wolfshades says:

        Hi Caity. The novel is coming along, but not nearly at the blistering pace I had hoped. Still, it’s doing a lot better than it ever has before, over these past few years.

        I’ll be sure to drop by and check out your blog. Thanks for commenting!

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        • CaityWorld says:

          Hi Wolfshades. Well done on making progress on your novel. I have a few days to finish my PhD thesis, and is it finished? Nowhere near. Am I writing it right now? No, I’m commenting on your blog and adding it to my list of Disordered Blogs. I have the attention span of a chocolate biscuit crumb. I’ve taken to seriously wondering if I have ADD or if it’s down to the OCD or if it’s just me. I’ll be reading your blog closely!

          Hope 2011 is a good year for you.

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          • wolfshades says:

            Hi Caity. Yes, if you’re spending time responding to blogs instead of getting to the important stuff, you might have ADD (I sound like Jeff Foxworthy here, right?) :)

            Or it could be just procrastination. Who knows. :) If you’re curious, you could always check out the online test for ADD at http://totallyadd.com. It doesn’t give a definitive diagnosis, but it does show you whether it’s worth getting yourself checked out. Taking that test is what got me started down the road to a diagnosis. And I’ve learned that where one condition is present, there are usually a few others also present, to keep it company. :)

            Cheers!

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            • CaityWorld says:

              Hi Wolf, how’s things?

              It turns out I have a zillion avoidance strategies to avoid anxiety. So yeah, it was procrastination as a result of avoidance of anxiety. So counter-productive!

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              • wolfshades says:

                Hi Caity. Good to hear from you again. Yes, sometimes the symptoms overlap (procrastination and ADHD), so it takes some digging to figure it out, as you have done – which is great news!

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  19. Teri says:

    Hey Wolf, I am new to your blog. Fellow ADD person here. Diagnosed eight months ago. Found myself nodding my head as I read the description of your life. (Leaving groceries out all night, etc. I’ve done that and worse!) Anyway, what you are doing is an inspiration. I recently lost the only job I’ve had for the last ten years and feel lost/stuck – everyone tells me I should start writing but I have no idea how to get started. I will be watching with interest how you tackle this project and cheering you on.

    Cheers & Godspeed.

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    • wolfshades says:

      Hi Teri – and welcome! Both to my blog and to the ADD club. :) You know what intrigues me about late diagnosis? How we managed to cope with it prior to even getting an idea that other people don’t struggle with studies and work quite the way we do.

      If people are telling you to write, then it’s a good bet that you are already producing stuff that people find interesting. In my opinion, it’s just a matter of taking the NaNoWriMo model and just sitting down to write, write, write, and forget about editing until you’re done the first draft. If you can focus, that is. :)

      Anyway, with NaNoWriMo, I’ve written far more using their model than I ever have trying to do it the way I usually do. Which is: write five words, erase them and write seven, erase them and start all over again. For me anyway, that’s a sure way to lose focus. I’ve tried writing the same book (well, the same theme) about four or five times now. And would you believe it? None of the attempts resemble each other in the slightest.

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  20. Temy says:

    I couldda sworn I commented here so I went through and looked it up and turns out I did, only not really on the blog but to ask whether this was Worpress, cuz I knew if I didn’t ask that right off, I’d forget, then I forgot to comment on the blog. I never got the official diagnosis (that one anyway), but if I don’t have ADD, it got close enogh to leave paint.
    Some people say I should just FOCUS, and I know lots of people zone out when they’re doing something, but if I could do that then I wouldn’t have the problem, would I? It’s like the old Groucho joke about the guy who needs talcum powder going into the store to ask for it and the guy says to walk this way (for some reason Steven Tyler always screams that inside my head) and Groucho says, “If I could walk that way, I wouldn’t need the talcum powder”.

    I don’t want any meds for that though, I think if I was gonna do that, might as well load up on Thorazine and get a drool pad.

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    • wolfshades says:

      “close enough to leave paint”. Great expression! I may have to borrow it.

      I’m not on any meds yet. Though I have to tell you: I’m actually looking forward to getting on them. Like you, I was a little leery of them, until I wandered around a few ADHD conferences and attended an ADD support group and heard people’s experiences with them. Unlike anti-depression meds, the ones I heard about don’t change your personality or make you drool. The uniform experience seems to have been “well, it’s a little more quiet in my head now, and I can get things done”. That’s the attraction for me.

      If indeed you have ADD and people are telling you to JUST FOCUS….that’s just like shouting “YOU’RE NOT LISTENING TO ME” to a deaf man.

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  21. Randy Hawes says:

    It’s funny, I was just thinking earlier today … “I haven’t received any notifications from Wolf-Blog in a while. I wonder how he’s doing.” Then, BANG BANG, two notifications land in my email. Someone was listening to me {:-))

    How are you doing?

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    • wolfshades says:

      Hey Randy! Good to see you here. I’m really enjoying some of the stuff you put up in twitter (as you can probably tell).

      I’m doing well, thanks. Keeping warm and as toasty as possible.

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  22. Glad you’re doin’ it. Or trying to. I’ve long been of the opinion that when you’ve got to write–when you don’t really have any other choice–you will. When you’re so in love with the character or a plot point or even a line, that sitting down to spend time with it is something that’s as necessary to your life and wellbeing as eating. I’m dyslexic… so that’s my burden to bear in that pursuit. But when I think how much happier, how much more joyfully content, I am writing than not…oh man. There’s the “no choice” I was talking about. Love this blog. Look forward to much much more of it! Lynn @skydiaries.wordpress.com

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    • wolfshades says:

      Wow. What a great message, Lynn! I really appreciate it, too. I believe you’re right. I know you’re right, actually. It’s like that for me with music as well. Sometimes you just have to play, or sing, or whatever. It’s almost as if there’s no choice, because for sure there’s nothing at that moment that you’d rather do.

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  23. And BTW…just added you to my Blogroll. Glad to have you there!
    Lynn @ skydiaries.wordpress.com

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    • wolfshades says:

      That’s quite an honour. Thank you Lynn. And you know that I *have* to have a committed writer on blogroll as well.

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      • A committed writer–or maybe just a writer who ought to be committed, hmmmm? Thank you so much for that wonderful comment on skydiaries. And for the honor of a place on your blogroll. How lucky am I? Now…back to the (other) writing! Hope you’re doing the same!
        xo
        Lynn

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