Writing with A.D.D.

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In this post, I’m going to go over how to become a writer when you have A.D.D., or Attention Deficit Disorder. I have this condition so I’ll go over some of my own challenges. This disorder can be seen as a severe disorder because it affects you literally all the time, even when you try to sleep.

The most common symptoms are restlessness, overactive thoughts, forgetfulness and the inability to focus for long periods of time. This can cause issues at home and at work. This is especially true for those of us who would like to have our works published. What can you do if you suffer from A.D.D.? Here’s a breakdown of some ideas that may help.

Small Notebook and Pens

This can be a time saver in the sense that as writers and people with A.D.D., we want to be as far away from electronics as possible (though even our computers can lead to wasting time). Why? Because when we have our phones nearby, we can become distracted every time it goes off. The same with iPads. How many times have you gotten bored with writing and find yourself playing games, losing yourself on Facebook/Twitter or texting? Luckily I don’t get on my phone often. Usually I keep it in my backpack from Wednesday to Sunday night. By then the battery is dead and I have to recharge it for Monday. I’ve never been a phone person.

The paragraph above has a point. With people who have A.D.D., we often think of something that we want to remember and we type it into a program so that we can have a reminder. After we do this, we more than likely will be drawn to something else and our manuscript sits there for hours without being worked on. With a small notebook, we can write our thoughts down when they come to us and then continue with the manuscript. This is because when we write it down, we can temporarily forget about it because we know we have the notebook available.

Timer

Another important issue? Losing track of time. There is a thing called Hyper Focus that affect people with A.D.D.. This is when we are so focused on something, such as reading or playing a game, that we lose all track of time. Sometimes it’s so severe that we forget to eat and drink, which is dangerous. I’ve been known to do that, and the result is always suffering a migraine and dizziness. Not fun! But with a timer, we can set the it to go off whenever we want it to. Personally I’m going to experiment with setting the timer to write at the first and last 20 minutes each hour (1:00-1:20, 1:40-2:00, as an example). The 20 minutes in the middle will be dedicated to another activity to break up the monotony.

No matter which type of timer you use, whether it be a timer on your phone or a kitchen timer, make sure you set it on the other side of the room, or at a distance to where you have to stand up and walk over to it. You want to do that in order to break out of your Hyper Focus and do other important things, or even to take a break.

Boredom

Unfortunately, the A.D.D. person will get bored with writing not long after we start. When we sit down and do anything, we’ll eventually get bored of doing the same thing for long periods of time. This is why the timer works. We can plan out our time before we start writing and decide what could be our reward for sitting down and working. As stated above, this helps with the monotony. The A.D.D. person craves variety, which is why we begin multiple projects and probably haven’t finished even one. Does that sound about right? We need to figure out what we’re in the mood to do, and disperse it throughout the writing schedule.

I hope these few pointers help out everybody and not just those of you with A.D.D.. I’m not an expert on the subject of A.D.D., I just shared what my experiences are with this medical condition. If you feel I have forgotten something or have a comment/question, go ahead and ask in the comments below and I’ll answer to the best of my ability. Til next time!

Tech Thursday: Writing App

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Today’s post is about the iPad app that I use for my writing. It’s simply known as Writing App by Thomas Sillmann. I bought it for $2.99 but for me it’s a great investmemt. The price is subject to change.

Some reviews mention how the app erases your work and crashes, but I’ve never had this problem personally, so it might’ve been an issue that’s been fixed in an update. I always export my work to multiple places (Dropbox and E-Mail) so even if this ever happened, my work will be safe. I’ll include some screenshots directly from the app store in this post.

Writing App by Thomas Sillmann
  
In the picture above, you can see that the home screen resembles a bookcase of sorts. With your works in progress, you can have pictures to represent your covers.  This is a great feature for the visually inclined. To insert a cover image, go to the Story Summary and you’ll see an Edit button on the top righthand corner of the app.

  
In the picture above, you can see how everything is organized within your story. If you’re a minimalist person, you could use the categories of Characters, Places and Items. As you can see, word count is tracked. This is highly useful for those who do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) or who’d like to keep track of their word count for statistical purposes.

  
In the picture above, you can see what you can track under the Characters category. The Items and Places each have their own things to fill out.

This app is both easy and fun to use. It’s a great app to use if you need to work on a project while on the go. The syncing and exporting options makes this app even more useful.

My Rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tech Tuesday: NoteMaster For iPad

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Hi all! Today I’m going to do a review for the app, NoteMaster for iPad. There seems to be three versions. NoteMaster Lite (which I have never tried), NoteMaster (I assume this one is for iPhone) and NoteMaster for iPad (which is what this review is for).

NoteMaster for iPad
Cost

This version of the app does cost $3.99 as of today. If you need to have an on-the-go Story Bible, this is the best app in my opinion. NoteMaster is compatible with both Google Drive and Dropbox, so you won’t have to worry about losing your notes if the unfortunate happens and your iPad breaks. It’s well worth the price.

Intuitively

This app is very intuitive. There is a folder dedicated to how to use the app, but there’s only six pages which tell you how to use the app. Those six pages are plenty and each page is so simplified that a child could figure things out.

On the side of the app you have “folders”. For us writers, this setup is perfect because each folder can be dedicated to a story and contain pages for our notes. I use a different page for each character, location and other types of notes, such as historical facts for period pieces. Different pages are also used for food, clothing, housing, ect. If you want pictures for visual inspiration, they don’t have to be saved to your photo album. You can copy a picture from a search engine and paste it directly onto a page, so you won’t have the same picture taking up double the space.

Customization

This app has the option to choose from 24 background themes and 21 fonts. Being someone who loves customizing everything, I wish there were more! I use a different font/theme combo for each folder/story. Even the folders can be color coded for those of you who have stories in a series to make them easier to see at a glance.

My Rating

5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

So, do you have an app for your fiction that you enjoy? If so, leave a comment down below. ‘Til later!