Nuh-uh Syndrome

Hey everybody! The Mangrove Suite has a snazzy new cover! I also finished a novel’s rough draft this week, but that’s not really what I feel like discussing today on the blog.

You see, I have ADHD, even as an adult it is a bother to concentrate. I am medicated for this condition, but recently I tried downsizing my dosage for the last few months. Earlier this week I decided the attempt was resulting in depression and other issues that arose in the absence of the full dose.

After a few days on my prescribed dose of ADHD medication, something occurred to me.

For me, ADHD is the “Nuh-uh!” syndrome.

That is to say, when I want to do something difficult or requiring focus, ADHD says, like a petulant child: “Nuh-uh!”

When I have trouble dealing with this issue it feels as though I’m more the voice that says “nuh-uh,” than when I’m medicated sufficiently. With the medication, the voice is quieter and also easier to ignore.

Anyway, I’ll be back next week with more about fiction than I had this time.

Thanks for reading.

Friday Morning Rambling and NaNoWriMo

I don’t recall exactly what happened in my dream last night.

I wish I did because they left me feeling pretty cheerful when I woke up.

It’s been a pretty odd week. For one thing, early on, I stayed up for 30 consecutive hours, hoping I could focus to finish my current work in progress in one day and night. I got a lot of words, but the book is still in process. I should be able to finish the book sometime between now and next Tuesday.

And yes, it is NaNoWriMo this month. Many writers of all kinds and commitment levels go to the trenches to try to write 50,000 words in one month.

I have done word counts like this before, but I’m a bit out of practice at the moment. Last month I almost managed it. This year, I’m not signed up to participate, but make no mistake, my goal is to write as many words as I can this month. No staying up all night, though. I want to make this more sustainable than my past mentality of writing as a special occasion (Which is silly for a lot of reasons, not least because it’s over half my job right now).

So, as November begins, let me encourage those of you doing NaNo to keep in mind sustainability for the future. A burst of words is a good time, but words week in and week out is even better, in my opinion.

Good day and good luck.

Thanks for reading.