Super-Editing with the Gift of ADHD, with Jennifer Harshman
Imagine being able to spot typos like Superman can spot a bad guy, or editing a thousand pages in 36 hours with breaks only to sleep and hit the bathroom? Our guest today can do all of that and more. Say hi to “super-editor” Jennifer Harshman. Even if you just want to make your next work presentation look good, you don’t want to miss the hacks in this episode of Faster Than Normal!
In this episode, Peter and Jennifer discuss:
- Jennifer’s background and when she was diagnosed (04:38)
- What Peter used to do to wake up in the morning (06:09)
- How Jennifer felt after getting the diagnosis (06:18)
- The number of books Jennifer has read (07:07)
- What it’s like being a book editor with ADD (08:26)
- Top five tips on how to edit books with ADD (09:46)
- Getting in the zone or flow (11:44)
- Tips for dealing with interruptions (12:48)
- The importance of a good night’s sleep (13:44)
- Handling projects that you don’t love to do (14:26)
- Jennifer Harshman (Facebook)
- Harshman Services
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are we confused between mania and ADHD? Having both, you’re describing a manic episode.
Thank you for your concern and your desire to clarify the difference between mania and ADHD. Maybe some quotes from authority websites on the subjects will help.
From the American Psychiatric Association:
“A Manic Episode is defined by a distinct period during which there is an abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood. This period of abnormal mood must last at least 1 week . . . The disturbance must be sufficiently severe to cause marked impairment in social or occupational functioning or to require hospitalization, or it is characterized by the presence of psychotic features.”
“Hyperfocus is the experience of deep and intense concentration in some people with ADHD. People with ADHD may immerse themselves so completely in an activity that they want to do . . . that they become oblivious to everything around them. This concentration can be so intense that an individual loses track of time, other chores, or the surrounding environment.”
Along with many others, Peter Shankman and I both experience hyperfocus (also called “flow”) as part of our ADHD, and that’s what we were discussing. It’s clear that mania and ADHD are different. A manic episode can’t be turned on every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and turned off on alternating days—unlike the hyperfocus I experience when I edit, year in and year out. What I experience doesn’t cause “marked impairment in social or occupational functioning” as a manic episode does. In fact, being able to get into flow mode has vastly improved my occupational functioning.
It is my hope that everyone gets whatever is needed to function the best way possible.
Jennifer Harshman has edited all 8 of the books I have published. She is encouraging, enlightening, and excellent at the gift of editing she has been given. Her talent with words and phrases allows her to do something that helps others and herself. I recommend her for anyone who wants an Editor who is patient and dependable.
Jennifer is superb at what she does. To be able to hone what many call a disability, and use it in the way she does, is amazing to me. That feat alone is part of what makes her phenomenal. I’ve only worked with her for a year but I feel like I hit the editor jackpot. If you’re looking for an editor, you can’t go wrong with Jennifer Harshman!
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