Monday, October 04, 2010

Thinking About ADHD, Stillness, and Writing Daily

Painted SunsetMy mind has been turning and mulching and plowing and harrowing something I read on Friday. It fit in perfectly with concerns I've been having with my productivity. As you likely know if you've been following this blog, I am trying to overcome my disabilities in order to write a book or three. I've had success. I've had a lot of success, to be honest. However, I haven't met my goals completely. ADHD and Insomnia still remain my greatest hurdles. In addition, my gig at HealthyPlace set me behind further than I had feared. Now I must suddenly not have my problems so that I can meet the goal by December 23rd.

Obviously, minds don't work that way.

Since I can't wave a magic will-wand to make my disabilities disappear, I have to deal with them the hard way. This calls for lots of thinking and truthful frankness as I assess the obstacles, the goals, and the methods at my disposal to put the disabilities in their place. That is why I was so delighted to discover Chris Brogan's The Discipline to Write Daily.

I strongly encourage you to visit the page and take notes. The article offers excellent advice. Chris writes the article from the position of a blogger, but he also writes non-fiction books, travels for speaking engagements, and is involved with various start-ups at one point or another. Yet he still finds time to blog every day. His advice isn't limited to just bloggers.

I'll include his first tip. It stopped me cold and left me thinking hard about what I am doing wrong with my schedule. It wasn't that I had never heard this concept before. I know that I need quiet and no interruptions to immerse myself in art or writing. But it was worded in a manner that opened up new pathways in my mind.     

It Requires a Stillness

To write daily, you have to find a moment of stillness where you can put down your thoughts. Parents know that this is difficult. Busy people know that it’s difficult. And yet, there are ways to find stillness. We simply must build the desire to find that time into our daily habits. Never look for a time that’s ideal. Look for the time you can grab. Right now, I’m doing this post in the morning before the kids are awake. I sometimes sneak time at night. Other times, I can write in between projects at work. I hunt for the stillness.

Next: I continue my picture journal and then a followup on ADHD and Writer's Block by the end of the week.

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