by Reba J Hoffman
|Writer's ADD is curable|
We all suffer from writer’s ADD at some point in our writing career. The good news is that it is entirely curable. The not so great news is that most writers don’t realize they have it.
You might have writer’s ADD if:
- Your desk or work area is a mess.
- You have post-it notes all over the place.
- You have three or more incomplete manuscripts
- At the end of the day, you wonder where your time went.
- Other peoples’ priorities are placed before writing.
- Everything seems to take precedence over your writing.
If you can answer yes to two or more of those, you just may be suffering from writer’s ADD. And, the most common cause of writer’s ADD is fear. Yep, plain and simple. And in the complicated world in which we live, we can easily fill our days with legitimate reasons why writing was the last thing on our minds today.
Fortunately, writer’s ADD is completely curable. Here are a few suggestions that may help you overcome:
Recognize and accept the fact that you’re going to fail. It’s guaranteed. No successful person on the face of the planet has ever gone without doing it. Neither will you. Just prepare yourself for what you’ll do when the failure comes to keep moving ahead. Failure is a great part of success. It’s like the flour in cookies. Pretty messy but a necessary ingredient.
|Everyone has to start somewhere|
Understand that everyone has to start somewhere. Yes, even James Patterson, Brandilyn Collins and Edie Melson were mediocre writers the first time they strung words together. Writing is a craft that has to be developed through practice.
You cannot avoid is your first time. If you plan to be a writer, it’s inevitable. The first time you get feedback. Your first pitch. That first rejection letter. The first bad review. Expect it. Deal with it. File it away and don’t dwell on it.
Don’t suffer from writer’s ADD when it’s a completely treatable condition. Understand it is a journey with ups and downs, ins and outs. It’s frustrating and wildly fulfilling, exciting and frightening. And who said you couldn’t multitask?!
What writer ADD symptoms do you suffer from? Share it with us.
|Reba J Hoffman|
Reba J. Hoffman is the founder and president of Magellan Life Coaching (www.magellanlifecoaching.com). She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling and is a natural encourager. She serves as Member Care Coach for My Book Therapy and is the author of Dare to Dream, A Writer’s Journal. You can connect with Reba through her motivational blog, Finding True North, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow her on Twitter at @RebaJHoffman.