Attention Deficit… Ooh, Shiny!
My darling husband sent me an article (can’t find it again! Drat, where did it go?) on the link between ADHD symptoms and asthma medication. Which I kind of knew – I mean, watch small children right after their “bedtime” breathing treatment leaves them rocketing around the house.
But I hadn’t applied that to my own condition. It’s been a little over a year since I started treating the steadily worsening asthma… and while I knew the writing had gone away as the asthma got worse, I hadn’t thought about why it was so very fitful when it came back.
Okay, I did, but it seemed about right – I mean, any time I’ve had to come back after major physical damage to a limb or joint (or yes), progress and healing is much more often slow progress and fitful setbacks, with small spurts of “I’m a lot better!” followed by “Oh, ouch, I overdid that…” So his ought to be the same, right?
But it wasn’t getting better like it used to be. I barely finished one thing I started before the asthma got too bad, and one started after I was getting better… even those are completely unfit for publication. Instead, there have been a steady progression of scattershot scenes and partial stories started and stuck 8K, 10K, 14K, 26K in…
I’m much healthier than I was a year ago. I also have to face that I can’t stop the asthma medication (especially not when cedar fever is sweeping the great state of Texas, and it’s one of my most reactive allergens) – and that the “attention deficit… ooh, shiny!” is outstripping my coping skills.
Time to research. Like this: https://booklaunch.com/the-adhd-guide-to-writing/
And then to apply it…
What do y’all do to help focus? Can you pants stories when the brain is chattering like a squirrel on espresso, or do you have to plot to drag your brain back and focus?
How do manage to stay on task over the weeks it takes to write something, and how do you get back into something the brain has dropped in pursuit of the new and shiny?
Especially when you want to go check facebook (hey, look, there are links below to promote this post! If you click on them, I can spend time seeing who promo’ed and what they think instead of writing! …what?)