My background in psychiatric nursing has given me a solid base in psych disorders, diseases, signs, symptoms and treatments all concerning the mind. It is with the utmost confidence in my ability to diagnose these conditions, that I reveal I am afflicted with one such disorder: Writing Attention Deficit Disorder.
Never heard of it? Don’t worry, no one else has either. I made the diagnosis up myself to categorize a condition I’ve had for months.
Here are my symptoms:
- I start working on my WIP when I suddenly get an idea for another story and I immediately start working on that instead
- I wake up in the middle of the night with plot lines and story arcs competing for my attention and I must get up and commit them to paper.
- I can’t rest until I have completed a minimum word count every day and I get anxious if the day is almost done and I haven’t completed at least the minimum
- Many days I will write nonstop for an hour or so, then move on to something else, only to find my way back to my original work in progress.
- I talk to myself, even in public, when I am thinking through a bit of dialogue for my characters. I even channel them and speak in their accents.
- I find myself disengaging from a conversation with family/friends/patients if a plot point that needs care works itself into my head.
Does this sound like you? If it does, do not despair. This is the mark and mind of a very healthy and prolific writer, such as yourself!
The only treatment, the only cure, is to write. Often.
Oh, and eating some chocolate will help to some extent, too! All those endorphins that get released when you ingest chocolate will soothe your soul.