When I tell people I have ADHD, I feel the words fall flat. It’s an almost subtle eye-roll from even the most well-meaning of people. It’s not that I am filled with an offended rage when people say things like “Oops, sorry, ADHD moment.”
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a great feeling.
My problem here is when people make assumptions about what ADHD looks and feels like. …
On December 18th, 1997 I was walking home from school and thinking about how my birthday was exactly one month away. I ran into my home and shouted at the top of my lungs that I was proudly 7 and 11/12ths years old. I found my mom sitting on the couch and crying.
“Sit down.” She said, wiping away tears. Even as a kid I knew there was something wrong.
“What happened, who died?” I asked, not meaning for it to sound as blunt or insensitive as it did.
“Well, this is going to be hard. …
When I am not writing, I’m teaching. As I work a little too hard at becoming the new, young, “Cool Professor”, I have also been brushing up on my trade.
When I cracked open the old notebooks, I found the advice I was forgetting. Just because we don’t write academically anymore, doesn’t mean that the editing rules should be pushed aside.
Here are some of the fundamentals I needed reminding of.
While writing differs depending on the medium (pun intended) editing doesn’t. Of course, different situations require different styles, tones, and levels of formality.
When in doubt, consider your audience. Many writers are drawn to the craft for its artistic qualities and opportunities. Artists aren’t typically praised for breaking the rules, they are praised for changing the way we think about the rules in the first place. …