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  • And you thought YOU were a procrastinator!

    Posted by Emily on 20 April 2023 at 20:48

    This week was my first time on the site. I joined in November 2022. Over two years after sweet Miriam of Jericho Writers talked me off a cliff over my synopsis. Nearly eight years after finishing my first draft of my historical, biblically inspired novel – the way-too-long family saga I conceived in 2009 and started in 2012 and that would have more than 23 rejections, if I’d stop procrastinating querying. Adult ADHD gets you sympathy, not published.

    But I’m here. Today. Cancelled my plans to join the self-editing webinar. And I’m feeling really, really discouraged because I don’t know if I have it in me to do what it will take – and certainly not the resources for all these courses. Help? Please? I don’t want to spend another decade talking about my unpublished novel!

    Thank you!

    Valerie Collins replied 7 months ago 5 Members · 7 Replies
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  • cds cds

    20 April 2023 at 21:11

    Sounds to me like you need to be a little kinder to yourself.

    You have completed a first draft and have a synopsis which is a great achievement.

    I just listened to debi’s self edit webinar too, wasn’t it fab? I could listen to her all day, she is like an oracle! I loved her advice on attacking an edit by going from big to small.

    Honestly, if you are feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of the task you see in front of you, I suggest taking a breath and a step back. Then put together a plan that is managable in whatever size steps you can cope with. Reward yourself each time you achieve something. I don’t know anything about ADHD but if you have written a first draft of a novel, I am sure you have it within you to do the rest.

    Good luck *waves virtual cheerleader pom poms*

  • Kate Walker

    21 April 2023 at 11:11

    Hi Emily! I completely understand your struggle with ADHD and the feeling of procrastination. Cds provided some great advice – it’s important to be kind to yourself and to focus on things in bitesize, manageable chunks! To add onto that, you may benefit from working with an editor, beta readers, or utilising TH feedback from other writers to get a list of actionable changes and feedback. Split your novel into chunks, either by chapters or number of pages, and tackle it in stages when you feel able to. You can also always reach out to our Writer Support team if you feel stuck and need advice. We’re here to help you at every stage of your journey!

  • AM Orlina

    22 April 2023 at 13:43

    Hi Emily,

    It is indeed overwhelming. I do not know if you needing it but I am doing a gentle reminder.

    Hooray! For trying. So there are no what ifs. So what! If you don’t have it in you… writing is a skill. We can learn and enhance it. If you have a message to convey to everyone that sounds pretty promising.

    Maybe it would be easier to tell yourself, writing is a journey? Each one has a different timeline and somehow those deadlines that we impose on ourselves gives us a bit of push to progress but as long as you enjoy every moment of writing, even the boring parts or he parts that was too gruesome, you’ll be fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hope this helps,

    AM Orlina

  • Emily

    27 June 2023 at 21:28

    Thank you so much, everyone! So appreciate the encouragement. Be kinder to self – even when it takes 2 months to read and reply ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve scheduled in the Jericho Writers weekly writing sessions, which I sometimes make. Isn’t much time, but it’s something and gets me back to the very good edits from my last beta reader.

    It is a journey – a long one – and am grateful for your kindness in cheering me along ๐Ÿ˜

    • Valerie Collins

      21 July 2023 at 16:56

      Just found your post while exploring this site for the umpteenth time in quite a few years and not engaging. Only recently discovered I have ADHD – after a lifetime of procrastination and under-achievement. Now finding resources – learning self-compassion. ๐Ÿ˜˜ Can we help each other? I also have a novel I’m endlessly tweaking.

      • Emily

        25 July 2023 at 20:06

        Hi Valerie (?),

        Definitely! I find accountability is one of the best ways to force us out of procrastinating. That, and real deadlines. Although I’m not accomplishing much outside that weekly group and don’t always make it, at least it’s something. Private message me, and I’d love to figure something out ๐Ÿ™‚


        • Valerie Collins

          28 July 2023 at 11:00

          Hi Emily

          Yes, let’s connect! I’m feeling particularly foggy at the moment and can’t yet see how to private message you! Will figure it out.