I've never had writer's block but certainly have writer's overwhelm: of the 63 topics/ideas on my list, which should I write first? If that's you, here are a couple suggestions. Close your eyes and point. Which ever topic your finger lands on is what you're going to write about next. Or pick the easiest, quickest one. Or the one that's the most fun? How about the hardest one that requires research and get it out of the way?

Meditation | ADHD | Entrepreneurs

Meditation for Everyone

Even Entrepreneurs with ADHD Can Meditate

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How could someone who struggles to stay on track sit still and do nothing but watch themselves breath?

But no, it’s not a contradiction!

If I can meditate, so can you! It takes a bit of practice but it’s well worth it.

Every time I…

Oh So Many Rules

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Perhaps they felt the world would fall apart without rules? Maybe they thought their identification as white, Protestant, middle-class parents was dependent on rules? Perhaps breaking one of the rules was was not unlike a sin, except that white, middle-class parents didn’t use the word “sin.” That was a Catholic…

Advice from William Zinsser

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William Zinsser’s On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction has sold over 1.5 million copies. First published in 1976, it’s 7th revised and updated edition came out in 2006.

Zinsser, who died in 2015 at 92 years old after writing 17 books, argued for clarity, simplicity, brevity, and…

Cross Crawl to Engage Your Whole Brain

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If you’re an engineer, you’re probably left-brain dominant. But if you’re a poet, your right-brain is in charge. Nothing wrong with this simple explanation . . . except that it’s too simple.

To simplify even further, the right side of your brain is the creative part of your brain; the…

MaryJo Wagner, PhD

Non-fiction writing coach with ADHD loves reading, writing, the mountains, Bach and Willa Cather. Get “9 Tips for Readable Writing” at maryjo@mjwagner.com

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