Blogging with ADHD (Or Why You Don’t Blog to Impress)
Before I even get into this post, let me make this statement.
Disclaimer: Do not try what is written in this post without first consulting your Physician, Therapist, Danny Brown or all three. Then don’t do it anyway.
I really don’t have a process or strategy in the strictest sense of the words when it comes to blogging.
My process is more visual which I will explain next, but first a little background.
ADHD and Me
I have a severe case of ADHD. I’ve been ADHD since I was a kid. As a child, I remember being given medication which really didn’t do a thing.
Then I met with a therapist who used meditation and yoga to get me under control.
It worked fantastic and for years I controlled myself that way. About two years ago, when I was 59, I went to see a Psychiatrist for testing again just to get confirmation at this age.
I was really thinking maybe I was getting better.
I took a few different tests and a week later I was called in, and told I scored the highest they had ever seen in that office for as long as they had been open, which was 30 years.
I scored a 99% on the testing.
Anyway, when I write I write from that position in life. I write from a standpoint of never knowing where I am going after I start.
So hang in there as you read because it all comes together in the end. At least I believe it does.
Back to The Process
My ideas form, of course, as everyone, in my brain. I get the idea and if I can not see the story in a visual sense I drop it.I need to see the story. I need to see the writing and the pictures that go with the story.
When I write I write to tell a story, not to impress. I was taught that when I was in college taking a creative writing course. The instructor was demanding and would tear apart any story that was written to impress.
He drilled into our heads for two semesters that as a writer our job was to tell a story not to impress the reader. I took that advice and even in my technical writings for business I did the same.
I told a story.
The Day Starts
Ideas pop into my head when they want. As soon as they do I look for the visual as I said above.
I actually go into a complete visualization of the story. I feel it, feel like I am living it or lived it.
I want to know everything about what I am going to write about.
A perfect example is this post. I have been working on this post for four days. In the past four days I have written over and over what I want to say.
Then the visualization finally came to me. This morning while in the shower I could feel and see the words come to life. I could see these words I am typing right now on paper.
Music. That’s correct, music – but a special album. One of the greatest albums ever written as far as I am concerned.
I start to play the album and kick back. Sometimes with headphones sometimes not.
The music takes me to the place and visual place I need to be to finish my writing. I’m not spiritual at all. I am talking about what’s inside of me.
The album I am talking about is Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys, but mainly the work of Brian Wilson.
I listen to the original, the live version and anything else I can to get in the mood and get my words out.
I may sit some days like today where I listened first and then restarted the music and wrote. Wrote like a crazy man with ideas and words flowing.
Why this album? I grew up with listening to The Beach Boys due to my Dad.
Also, because I was a surfer from the East Coast who loved the idea of surfing in California. I wanted to live the life The Beach Boys sang about.
Although I knew it would never happen.
Now I Write
I don’t outline. I refuse to outline. I sit down as soon as I am ready and type or write.
I get going and put everything in my brain on paper so I can see it live. I’ve already seen it in my mind, now I need to see it on the big screen or a legal pad.
I have to admit I dislike writing nowadays. I enjoy typing and seeing it all happen. I enjoy seeing my fingers scroll across the keys, even though I make a gazillion mistakes.
I can fix them after.
My writing is a flow once I get going. I find that an outline would make my writing disjoined if you can imagine that. I’d rather just sit down and type.
Type ’til I finish getting everything out that I know I need to.Blog until you finish getting everything out that you know you need to. #pureblogging
First and last time I used an outline I read the post and laughed at myself. It looked like a first grader wrote the post. Maybe a second grader, but not much higher.
At that point I threw the outline in the basket and never used an outline again.
I use my shower. I use my bathroom or whatever room is the one that gives me the visual of the post/story.
I’ve even been in the car and this idea comes into my mind and I can see it and feel it and type it into my phone.
Then again, I will get an idea about a post and it dies. It’s not visual. I may write the idea down, but the words and feeling aren’t there. I’ll keep it around incase at another time that thought comes back.
They usually don’t. The visual is the key for me.
I see the story, the words and feel them and begin to write. I begin to write in my head and then get to the computer to see the words form the story in my head.
I feel good when I finish. I only hope the reader can visualize what I have. I hope they enjoy the writing as much as I enjoyed writing.
For me, it’s not work, it’s me telling a story from my heart and soul. It’s me letting others into my world to also enjoy the visualization that I did.
I can only ask that you give the words a chance to fill you and give you the ability to feel part of the story because as a reader you deserve to be that. To be part of my story.