Writing with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 901

We ADHDers are not very good at:  making choices, setting priorities, sticking with a task, saying no to certain wants.

I’m currently “ writing” five books: a novel and an ADHD book, writing both at the same time; a book on gun violence, currently stalled; a book on personal health, only in outline form for now; and a book on marriage, just in the back of my mind.

Currently, the novel has captured me.  I’m a third of the way through on the tenth draft.  I expect at least four more drafts, and wouldn’t be surprised by eight more.

I’m currently on pause on the ADHD book and I’d like to get moving again.  I just finished the tenth draft and hoped there would only be one more, but I see too many similar tips, more or less duplicates, and I need to replace some of them.  Repetition is okay, as that’s how we learn, but there’s too much.  I’m not sure how to go about finding and replacing the duplicates; none of the approaches I can think of seem very efficient nor pleasant, and therefore I’m procrastinating and just working on the novel.

I need a strategy.  I hereby commit to starting work on the duplicates tomorrow.  Possibly even today.  And I can continue with the novel at the same time.


Personal Note O the Day :

I find writing very easy.  I’m flooded with ideas; this is ADHD.  Writing is easy; editing is a booger, and marketing is horrible.

Opportunity O the Day:

If anyone would like to be a beta reader for a draft of either book, I’d be grateful.  I’ll           e-mail you a draft and you can send back your comments, which will be very valuable.  You don’t need to finish it if you don’t like it; just let me know why.


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About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at amazon.com, or smashwords.com (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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12 Responses to Writing with ADHD — ADHD Tip O the Day 901

  1. rammkatze says:

    Do finish the book! We’re all waiting! 🙂 As for locating the parts you repeat I don’t know anything of your book, but you do tend to use keywords (like strategy, red flag, etc.). Do a search on those keywords, maybe?
    Procrastrinating: don’t we all know it too well?


  2. Ken Powell says:

    I know your pain Doug – I’ve just hired an assistant to get me finishing my latest book, and finishing my novel earlier in the year nearly killed me! I have at least three more books half-written and two more I’m slowly making notes on. All the time I’m aware of the time ticking away to get these done.

    Oddly, I have no problem organising other writers who hire me as their editor-cum-writing-mentor. I always know exactly what to do there. The result is there’s now a plethora of published books out there which I have been instrumental in creating when I’m still at two published and a third with publishers after ten years as a writer and editor!

    And the reason? You know it…


  3. tgwfte says:

    Hi — I’d happily be a beta reader for both the novel and ADHD book. Not so much the gun violence one…. I’ve wholeheartedly recommended your writings on ADHD to my therapist and various friends far and wide…


  4. Jo Fairchild says:

    Hi Doug!

    I received your latest post in my email today – just love reading them. They’re always so honest, so upfront, so . . . ADD!

    I like to write and would probably hate marketing, but I actually kind of enjoy editing. If you still need beta readers, I would be happy to try to help. I have never done any editing professionally, but I have assisted friends and previous professors with journal articles and position papers on a casual basis.

    Anyway, if I can help, please let me know.

    Take care, Jo



    • jo
      thank you for the kind offer, which i will take you up on when one of the drafts is finished, whenever that might be. you dont have to be a professional to help, you give the viewpoint of a reader.
      thank you for commenting and for the offer
      best wishes


  5. holdthatthought says:

    idea: have you considered outsourcing some of the more boring parts of writing a book? For example, while I’ve known about this service/startup for a while (https://scribewriting.com/) i’ve never actually checked them out until now. i don’t know how it fits in your budget but the idea still stands–if not from them, i’m sure there’s somebody else somewhere out there that could be used to outsource the boring, hard stuff while you do the rewarding, creative stuff.

    i would imagine that this approach is unorthodox–kind of like being overwhelmed by a messy apartment and hiring a maid to come and help clean up. i mean, after all you’d be spending money on a service that you can yourself right?

    but on that train of thought…..would you? i’ve asked myself that question more than a couple times.

    just a thought


    • dinos
      thanks for your support. I try not to spend anything on the books if possible, they are not in the budget at all. I did need to pay to get one formatted for another venue once and that worked out OK, it paid for itself over time. i like to think i write to help others, which is true, but also just for the joy of writing but also for the money, tho its not much since i always price as low as possible.
      if i get in a real bind, i can reconsider.
      as always, thanks for your comment.
      best wishes

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