“The quote may be heard, but dialogue is overheard.” Sentences like that, from Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark, offends me. The surrounding text clarifies its meaning, but to rely on such specific word choice to convey a specific lesson is the reason why I may never formally educate myself through a writing program. With media like this, I’ll skip through these offensive sections, learn what I can, then move onto the next media meandry.
I used to think I had tinges of ADHD. Then I befriended someone living with ADHD. At most, my distractions are caused by an overactive brain, so when I read anything, invariably, I’ll lose concentration after a few pages or lines depending on the dryness of the material so I’ll stare out toward my physical clutter while my mind wanders, then I return to reading. What I’m trying to practice is reigning in those wanderings.