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Joy Writing - Writing Backwards Prompt

Writing Backwards Prompt Write about a typical day for your character (or yourself) but start with the end of the day and work backward to when it started. Practice telling a story in a non-linear fashion that still makes sense to the reader.

Happy writing!

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Motivational Monday (And An Update)

Thank you for reading! It's been really exciting to see how many people are enjoying the blog. When I started, I intended to post three times a week - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. At the moment I am having a hard time keeping up with that schedule. Wednesdays will still be prompt days, and Fridays will be my meaty blog posts that tackle the ins and outs of writing with ADHD. Mondays will be hit or miss, unfortunately, when I do post on a Monday it will probably be something light or an update.

So until then, remember that you are awesome. No matter what happens, no matter what setbacks you face, no matter how you struggle - you're doing a great job! I know it's easy to get bogged down in the negatives, all the ways you feel like you fell short but that gets us nowhere. Just take it one little step at a time, one little micromovement at a time. If you wanted to write, but you didn't get to it, and you're feeling bummed out, go get a sticky note and write an idea …

Part 3 - Writer's Notebooks and Bullet Journals

(Thank you for your patience on this one. My computer has been acting up so if anything doesn't look right or you have some feedback for me, please don't hesitate to comment or send me a message.)

In part 2 of the Writer's Notebook and Bullet Journals series, I introduced you to the basics of Bullet Journaling. Now I’m going to show you how to take your BuJo to the next level, and you can even make it an all-in-one planner/journal/writing notebook of your dreams if you’re so inclined. 

Before I show you how to use Bullet Journaling for writing, I’ll give you a quick rundown of BuJo terms and methods, and they are typically used for. 


I mentioned leaving a few pages blank after the Index. Many journalers use that space to make year-at-glance lists and calendars. I tried that, but I always forgot to look back at it when I was planning my weeks and months. So I ditched it.  


And that’s the thing to remember, always, and is my favorite awesome feature of Bullet Journals. If…

Joy Writing - Revealing Rooms

Choose a room that reveals the owner's personality. It could be your own room, someone you know, or a fictitious character. Start at one point in the room (the center, or a corner, or piece of furniture) and go around the room revealing the hobbies, sentiments, and aspirations of the owner. Keep going until you're back at the spot you started with. Use this to expand your character's profile, a way to enhance setting in your fiction, or just as a writing exercise to get the juices flowing. 

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Where you go?

Sorry for the long wait, Squirrel Fans! Getting adjusted to our new fall schedule hasn't been easy. I didn't have as much time as I thought I would have. But fear not, Dear Writers normalcy is returned to the House of Squirrel, and now back to our regularly rescheduled programming.

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Part 2: Writer's Notebooks and Bullet Journals

In my ADHD Resources, I mention Bullet Journaling as a helpful tool for keeping track of the chaos that swirls around in our brains all the time. Other Bullet Journal (BuJo for us initiates) tutorials seem to make the process far too complicated, in my opinion, and even the inventor of Bullet Journaling makes my head spin with his explanation. Not to mention many BuJo enthusiasts are in a class of organization and gorgeous perfection that I will never, ever, not in a million years be able to attain. Not even half as good. But that’s okay. There is nothing wrong with those styles. They are gorgeous and inspiring even as they intimidate me. And while I would LOVE to create something that beautiful that’s just not in my skill set. And I’m certainly not alone. One of the biggest concerns I hear from would-be Bullet Journalers is that their journals look nothing like what they see online. Even I was almost turned off of it when I was searching for examples while I was trying to figure out…

Part 1: Writer's Notebooks and Bullet Journals

Every writer, with ADHD or otherwise, should have a writer's notebook of some kind with them at all times. It can be electronic, a book or a few sheets of paper tied together with string (actually that last one is a terrible idea, don't do that).

And everyone with ADHD, whether or not they are writers, should carry something to write in. It can be electronic or a notebook or...never mind. With our tendency towards forgetfulness combined with the sea of random thoughts always churning around it's no wonder, we have a hard time remembering dates and important reminders. And writers with ADHD have it even harder. On top of the normal chaos of ideas people with ADHD juggle, we have the added distractions of a steady supply of story concepts, plot twists, and character developments thrown into the mix.

CATCH THAT LIGHTENING
That's where the magic of the writer's notebook comes into play. Whenever a random lightening bolt of inspiration strikes, you can capture it safely…

Joy Writing - Imaginary Friend Prompt

Choose a real place in your neighborhood that you enjoy and pretend to take a fictional character there. Try to use one of your own characters but you can also use a character from a favorite book if you feel stuck.

Describe the meeting in great detail. Where do you sit? What does your character order? What are they wearing? What do the two of you talk about? What behavioral ticks do you notice? How do they interact with others around you, if at all?

Practice dialogue and establishing setting within a scene.

Bonus: If this character is for a current project pretend to interview them. Search for character questionnaires if you need inspiration. 
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RSD And How It Can Lead To Writer's Block

RSD (Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria) has been appearing recently in the blogs and sites about ADHD I follow. I had no clue what it was, and after a quick glance at the definition I wrote it off as something that didn't concern me. After reading a few personal accounts of it, however, I decided to take a closer look at what it is exactly.

Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria is, in the most simplistic terms, that feeling that everyone gets when they stress out over how another person feels about them or about something they did. For example, when you give a cheerful “Good Morning” to a co-worker that brushes you off with a scowl causing you to spend the rest of the day wondering what you did wrong - that's how RSD feels, but much more so.

According to ADDitude Magazine:


"Rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD) is an extreme emotional sensitivity and emotional pain triggered by the perception – not necessarily the reality – that a person has been rejected, teased, or criticized by impo…

Kindred Spirits - Anne of Green Gables and ADHD

I grew up with Anne Shirley, reading the books and watching the movie starring Megan Follows. Anne was a kindred spirit, so much about her felt like I was looking at a freckled, red-headed reflection of myself. The over-active imagination, always getting into trouble for not paying attention, lost in fantasy. The scene where Anne gets caught up in a daydream while forgetting to put the cheese cloth cover on the plum pudding sauce and a mouse drowns in it is totally something that would happen to me.

When I heard Anne of Green Gables was getting a remake I was a little disappointed, is nothing sacred, I thought. But I gave Anne With An E a shot because, well, it’s Anne. I knew going in that the Netflix remake was a darker version than the sweet and cheery version that I grew up on and loved so dearly. I was worried about what they were going to do to my beloved Anne. What I found was another mirror.

Maybe it's because I hadn't watched Anne of Green Gables in a while, not sin…