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Writing with ADHD - musings

Recently I decided to let my most recent WIP rest for a while. Since I made that decision, I've been restless. I've found it hard to concentrate on any one thing.

I've been working on finding comparative titles for my novel so when agents ask for it, I have it. I have one solid title and I'm reading another that's promising. I've asked for help on this from several avid readers and all of them have said my idea is original. This is both good and bad. On one hand, it's good because everyone likes to hear their work is like nothing else that's out there. On the other hand, I do need to "sell" my idea to agents by comparing it to recent books that have done well in my genre. So I've been working hard on that.

Another thing I've been working on is a sequel to my WIP. That is still in the planning stages and I'm letting my brain work on that in the background so I can come up with fresh ideas for that story.

Yet another thing I've been looking at is an old WIP that I started several years ago when I did NaNoWriMo. I started rewriting it a couple of years ago and got hopelessly entangled in editing it too much and taking it too far away from the original storyline. Now I plan to go back and work on it from a fresh perspective.

I've found that I've been neglecting my social media as well. I haven't posted a blog post in a couple of weeks and my TikTok account has also suffered.

It's almost as if finishing my WIP left me with a void that I'm having a hard time filling. My ADHD was satisfied with having a project, a self-imposed deadline. Now that I've done my best on that, I'm sailing from one project to another with no real way to anchor myself to anything. I'll let you know when I've found something that satisfies this need. In the meantime, I'll leave you with a quote.

"Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen." -John Steinbeck

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