The Writer’s ADHD

I was a hyperactive child. My parents are very polite about it, but I suspect I was an absolute nightmare and the surviving video from that era bears out my suspicions. When I discovered reading, I calmed down and learned to channel my energy more creatively. However, I'm still easily influenced by orange juice or a sugar high, and I probably talk more than is strictly necessary or desirable. When it comes to writing, I often struggle to focus. Not on time = words = pages particularly, but more on chasing my next project instead of actually finishing the one I'm meant to be writing. (As evidenced by the fact I'm writing a blog post instead of adding pages to my latest screenplay...). But this even bleeds into those two writing basics: Format and Genre. It's the first words of your pitch - "a half-hour TV sitcom" or "a ninety-minute science fiction feature". More recently, perhaps: "a two-minute horror web series" or "bi-weekly fantasy...
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The Space Between

Why have I not posted a single word for almost a month? The reasons are myriad, but the essence is this: I am frightened and I am lost. I finished the first draft of my screenplay and sent it to my friend. He read it and returned it with feedback. And then I wondered to myself: what am I going to do with it? And the answer was: nothing. Because that is the step that stinks of failure. If one never reaches out, tries for publication or pitches to a studio, one can never fail. I can store a library of books on my hard drive and pretend I'm an author, but in reality, it is all completely meaningless if I'm unwilling to risk. So, what did I do? I wrote down the plot for a new book. It's quite interesting - a young adult fantasy romp centred around the Post Office (trust me, it can be fun!). but, ultimately, it's just more running...
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