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Offline Magnus Hedén

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Re: Writing project overwhelm - looking for tips & ideas
« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2020, 07:03:35 AM »
There's definitely a point in what you're saying. But on the other side of that coin; I myself love reading books where the world is believable, and I don't think it ends up that way if you don't put in some grunt work when creating it. Now I know I won't be using a lot of this information in the novel, but I also know that a lot of it will show between the lines. If I'm familiar with the world, the characters will be, and that means they'll act and think accordingly. Same thing for if the characters are developed before they enter the story.

However, I do believe that I've been overdoing it a bit, as not all of that work needs to be done before you start writing scenes. On the contrary, I think it's better to leave some questions unanswered and allow the background and world to meld itself to the story, not the other way around. And granted, I do obsess a bit too much over details at times when I could be doing something more productive.

I need to go over my current notes to organise them a bit better, but other than that I do believe it's time to start writing and see what happen. And for my next project, I need to think about starting writing the story earlier in the process.

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Re: Writing project overwhelm - looking for tips & ideas
« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2020, 12:09:28 PM »
So I've been talking to a psychologist (again) and while it comes as no surprise to me, I hadn't quite made the connection so clearly before; I have ADHD, the predominantly inattentive variant (so less of the hyperactive symptoms like bad impulse control, which is why it wasn't obvious when I was younger). This is likely a big part of the issues I describe, and why so few people here recognise them. It's clear I have to put in a lot of effort for some types of tasks that others can handle quite easily.

Hopefully this psychologist can help me with some tools to help me keep at it. I have no intention of letting this stop me.

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Re: Writing project overwhelm - looking for tips & ideas
« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2020, 01:21:01 PM »
So I've been talking to a psychologist (again) and while it comes as no surprise to me, I hadn't quite made the connection so clearly before; I have ADHD, the predominantly inattentive variant (so less of the hyperactive symptoms like bad impulse control, which is why it wasn't obvious when I was younger). This is likely a big part of the issues I describe, and why so few people here recognise them. It's clear I have to put in a lot of effort for some types of tasks that others can handle quite easily.

Hopefully this psychologist can help me with some tools to help me keep at it. I have no intention of letting this stop me.

This sounds very familiar - I'm intending to go and ask for a diagnosis myself when the current medical emergency has died down.
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Re: Writing project overwhelm - looking for tips & ideas
« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2020, 05:15:21 PM »
You can read about the different types of ADHD here. There's a part about ADHD in adults that lists the symptoms. It basically spells my name. Now, my condition isn't serious, so none of the symptoms are bad enough that they disrupt my life completely, and I function fine if I have a structure (never had a problem holding down a job, for example). But put together, they make it pretty tough for me to get through a lot of stuff that most people don't spend a lot of energy on. And since I've been freelancing and trying to structure my life on my own with the writing the past few years, it's had a much bigger impact.

Anyway, if you experience multiple of those symptoms to the point where they get in the way of your daily life (you don't need them all for a diagnosis), I absolutely recommend looking for help.