Psych majors are always diagnosing ourselves. My best friends in college and I even laid around one evening when most of us were currently in Abnormal Psych and assigned ourselves each with a personality disorder--hey, it helped us learn the material! But I also realized (as I had considered through high school as well, but my mom adamantly disagreed) that I might, in fact, have ADHD. My mom thought because I wasn't hyperactive, I didn't qualify. In my junior year of college I took her to a seminar on adult ADHD and throughout the entire thing she would look at me with wide eyes and knowing looks. I never got officially diagnosed, but I started trying to find ways to cope with it, one of which was to start making lists. I don't always necessarily follow my lists, but writing things out, detailing what I need to do, or should bring to something, or absolutely have to remember seems to help that faulty part of my brain work more like it should.
I suspect my difficulty focusing on any one thing for long periods of time contributes to my shifting attention in my writing. I know several people encouraged me to force myself to focus on one story until it's completed, but trying to do so frustrates me when I get bored or stuck. I think switching between my different worlds will work for me so long as I continue to make progress on each and provided I don't start anything NEW until I complete one of the stories I am working on.
So my writing list for today:
- Read the beginning of a story I am reading for a friend. I am considering this as part of my writing list because I need to include more reading into my free-time schedule. I used to always be reading some book or another, but in the past few years I barely read three books in a year and I think my lack of reading has affected my writing skills. So incorporating more reading into my life should hopefully give my writing a little bump.
- Outline the rest of Story#1. The first maybe third of the book is written, but I think making an outline (like my lists) will help me focus on where the story needs to go to get to the ending that is already partially written.
- Continue setting up Story#1 in Storyist. Storyist is an amazing program that I would encourage all Mac-using writers to look into. I am a very visual person and it allows me to create character profiles and set images for each character, outline using "notecards," and it even gives you tips on how your manuscript should be setup for publication submission. As a still rather new and young writer, I find the program to be extremely helpful.
- Finish typing what is already hand-written for Story#1. I very much prefer to write by hand. I don't always, but whenever I do hit a block typing, I sometimes switch to pen and paper and that helps.