How I stopped fighting ADHD and began to love it

An open book with the words: Sometimes it feels like ADHD is a wonderland. Sometimes it really is.
An open book with the words: Sometimes it feels like ADHD is a wonderland. Sometimes it really is.
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“ADHD fantasy?” said the man, “I don’t think that’s an Amazon category.”

Well. Fitting existing categories has never been my super-power.

“Why can’t you be like everyone else just for once!”

“But what’s the point of being me, if I’m just like everyone else?”

This snippet from my book makes sense, doesn’t it? Too bad it took me decades to figure this out. Until then, I have spent decades trying to squeeze my thorny edges into the neat square box society has made for me. Yes, in case you’re wondering, it has been too tight, and yes, I do carry…

An Indie author’s journey with ADHD

Image of a roller coaster riding vertically and the words: “ADHD Fantasy Writing Challenge”.
Image of a roller coaster riding vertically and the words: “ADHD Fantasy Writing Challenge”.
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“You can’t have ADHD. You have a PhD.”

Sigh.

The second part is true. I have completed a PhD in philosophy. I also changed study fields three times prior to that, feeling like an incompetent little child who can’t make up her mind. I also learned four foreign languages, but can only listen to a few sentences before my mind starts wandering. I homeschool my three teens toward a twenty-twenty education, but struggle to keep their regular dental check-ups. …

Staying productive — and sane — working from home

A desk with an open laptop, papers, cat, reading glasses, lightbox, candle, water bottle.
A desk with an open laptop, papers, cat, reading glasses, lightbox, candle, water bottle.
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I am writing this post seated at my desk, which is the family’s living-room table, with eight more family members going around their business nearby. Four of them make all sorts of human fuss; two more bark, and the remaining two meow. That is a lot of action to accompany writing.

This isn’t the way I sit daily to finish writing my ADHD fantasy novel, however. The pandemic had many people move to working from home, who have never done so before. Many of them also have ADHD, which makes concentration…

New year’s resolutions? I have a better idea

ADHD. Can you pronounce it? It would read: ADDED! ADDED creativity, sensitivity, energy, curiosity, imagination, distractions
ADHD. Can you pronounce it? It would read: ADDED! ADDED creativity, sensitivity, energy, curiosity, imagination, distractions
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Finally, the break of a new year, which always smells of a fresh start. Even in the midst of a pandemic. This is probably why the concept of a “new year’s resolution” is so popular. Also, why it often doesn’t work.

Don’t get me wrong. On January 1st, two years ago, I began to seriously write my first ADHD fantasy novel. While I haven’t yet finished, I’m still at it, always progressing. Is that the result of a new year’s resolution? Quite the contrary: it is the result of an incessant series of tiny decisions to start again. I strive…

On book: Sometimes it feels like ADHD is a wonderland. Sometimes, it really is. Next: ADHD fantasy: Dare you lose focus?
On book: Sometimes it feels like ADHD is a wonderland. Sometimes, it really is. Next: ADHD fantasy: Dare you lose focus?
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Welcome to the wonderland of ADHD fantasy fiction!

Living with ADHD can be a magical wonderland; sometimes charming, sometimes dark. This is the inspiration for the ADHD fantasy I write: fantasy which takes place inside the mind of someone you know. Possibly love. Maybe, yourself.

This is my journey to Indie publishing, writing ADHD fiction while living ADHD reality. I hope you’ll join me!

Adva Shaviv

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Dreams, Magic and Inspiration

A single bird flies over dark clouds, sunshine appears between the clouds, text: “Writing ADHD fantasy; Living ADHD reality”
A single bird flies over dark clouds, sunshine appears between the clouds, text: “Writing ADHD fantasy; Living ADHD reality”
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Part three — and last — of my ADHD awareness month challenge, reporting daily on my progress in the writing of ADventures Heading up and Down — my ADHD fantasy novel.

Day 16: A Dream Is Born

Starting to get the hang of it

Two dogs resting their paws near an open laptop
Two dogs resting their paws near an open laptop
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Part two of my ADHD awareness month challenge, reporting daily on my progress in the writing of ADventures Heading up and Down — my ADHD fantasy novel. Image: two of my avid readers.

Day 8: An ADHD Paradox

Seven days of writing ADHD fiction with ADHD. I’m dizzy.

The profile of a cat sitting on an open laptop, looking straight ahead, seeming concentrated.
The profile of a cat sitting on an open laptop, looking straight ahead, seeming concentrated.
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A week ago I declared October — ADHD Awareness Month — my Challenge Month: while working — with ADHD — on my ADHD fantasy novel ADventures Heading up and Down, I will post a daily update in my social media profiles about my progress. Being held accountable by you will, theoretically, motivate me to keep up the daily work, despite the difficulties of staying consistent with ADHD.

Here are the posts I published in these first seven days.

Day 1: All or Nothing

Adva Shaviv, PhD

Philosophy PhD ☆ Everything ADHD ☆ Homeschooling mom of three ☆ ADHD fantasy author: https://added.kessem.com

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