We all know having ADHD can be less than awesome but there are some great advantages to having ADHD (or just being generally busy-minded).
Need proof? Read on.
ImaginationADHD and daydreaming pretty much go hand-in-hand and while that can trip us up when we have to stay focused on taking the trash out or following directions, it's the perfect thing for creating and percolating story ideas. Being able to slip in and out of our imaginations is a gift that more "sensible" brains may not find as easy. So next time you day dream yourself into locking yourself out of your house (again), go easy on yourself - you're a natural born writer at work.
Multi-TaskingEvery time I hear someone describe what it feels like to have ADHD they almost always go with the "too many tabs open" in their mental computer. That is a pretty accurate summation and while that can slow us down for staying focused on work or school, it's wonderful for juggling all the necessary layers a story needs to function - though it may not be so easy to keep track of them all.
HyperfocusIf you haven't heard about hyperfocusing it's the thing you do when you stay up until 3 am researching the best tent you need for a camping trip you don't even have planned yet (true story). and even though usually we use this supernatural skill on less than vital things like obscure Star Wars trivia and when we turn this onto research for our stories it comes in handy. Where other people might groan over having to do research for our story we gleefully dive in. Just be sure to put a cap on your research time or you'll burn up writing time for nothing.
InnovativeFor most, the path from A to B is a straight line, for us it's much less so. As a result we've had to tap our immense well of creativity to come up with how to get there. We're also naturally wired to think up solutions that most wouldn't even consider. There have been some studies that indicate ADHD has an evolutionary benefit because we were paying attention to the details others were not and thus we lived on and had babies and so on. Either way, it's a skill we have that often time gets over-looked. Be proud of your quirky, unique way of thinking and use it to your full advantage.
ResilientRe-writes and rejections can feel like failures but they are apart of the process. Without either you will never grow as a writer. ADHDers are no strangers to mistakes and do-overs but take heart, dear writer, that means you know how to jump back up and get back at it. We may not be completely de-sensitized to the sting but our resiliency is all the more greater making us tenacious writers right from the get go.
Next time you feel down about having a hard time staying on task or you accidentally put your keys in the freezer, take comfort that it's because you're brain is busy working on your next great project.
Good luck and keep writing!
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