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Writing Your Book is Addictive

Updated on September 22, 2009

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One sign of book writing addiction
One sign of book writing addiction

Intro to Addiction

Can you image the feeling you get when you receive a copy of the book--you wrote--in the mail? Can you imagine the finished product with a beautiful trade paperback or hard cover in the palm of your hands? Can you see your name printed on the cover and on the spine of the book? There is no denying--you accomplished something great.

Anticipating that feeling alone is what makes a person begin writing in the first place. That feeling is what pushes you to finish writing your book and spend weeks or months editing your book. That feeling is what gives you the patience to wait months for your words to turn into something you can pass on to your children and their children. That feeling is your drive and that drive is addictive.

Once you have the book in your hand, snuggling it like the precious baby it is, you do not want that feeling to end. Even months later, after you read and reread it several times, that feeling, that drive starts to crave for more.

Now you are officially an addict.


Hi, my name is Leslie and I’m an addict. Having the next great book in the palm of my hands, on shelves in the bookstore, and etched into readers minds is all I think of. If this is you, which most likely it is, then you must satisfy this craving and I will show you how. But first you must identify the three stages of this ailment.

Quiz: What Stage of Book Writing Addiction Are You In?

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The stages of Book Writing Addiction

There are many stages of this ailment. These stages will explain the progressive nature of book writing addiction and what to look for in order to self diagnose. Once you discover the signs and symptoms of book writing addiction within yourself, and are therefore an addict, you can quickly begin the recovery process.

The first stage: Anticipation

This includes your first experience with writing. During this period, understandably you feel thrilled by the idea of having your name printed on the cover of a book. The determination that flows through your body is like a drug, which then propels you to continue writing long after your bedtime.

The second stage: Binge

During this stage, you begin to have uncontrollable cravings for success. Writing may begin to interfere with your “normal” routines, such as preparing dinner for your family. You may frequently ignore the clock and telephone calls. Your children may start to complain about receiving less help with their homework and an inch of dust may begin to collect on furniture. This is the bingeing stage.

The third stage: Full Dependence

During this stage, you immediately feel a sense of dissociation when forced to stop writing. Now you feel anxious and moody while away from your book. Notebooks collect with ideas and character analysis and your boss may question your loyalty to your job. Family and friends find you sleeping at your computer and you rarely eat an adequate diet. Potatoes chips will become your best friend and a pound or two may sneak up on you.

So what do you do? How do you fix this?

The Cure

Once you are a full dependent of book writing, there is no turning back. A special group of scientists from around the world is currently working on a cure for this ailment. Although there is currently no cure, you can treat your symptoms. Here's how:

1. Get an adequate amount of sleep.

2. Set a time limit on book writing. A good start is a couple hours a day.

3. Eat nutritiously and do not skip meals.

4. Frequently take breaks during writing time. Stretch your legs, rest your eyes and get some fresh air.

5. Hug your children and remind them that you love them.

6. Make your family proud and participate in family activities.

7. Stop working on your book during your job hours. It will improve your relationship with the boss.

8. Discuss topics other than your book’s progress with family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.

9. Make your significant other feel that he or she is just as important to you as your book is.

10. Most importantly, remove the inch of dust that has accumulated on the furniture. No one needs allergies during their recovery.

This has been an amusing look at book writing addiction.

Leslie Lee Sanders


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      Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago

      Another to add to my list of addictions. Great!

      Do we have a support group?

    • Bbudoyono profile image

      Bbudoyono 8 years ago

      So how do you call it -writeraholic?

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      bludstream 8 years ago

      Good job, and yes very very true. I hope to see my book(s) in print one day soon. Ahhhh, the sublime joy!

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      Rebecca E. 8 years ago from Canada

      addictions can be good or bad, but it's writer beware!

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      Leslie Lee Sanders 8 years ago from Queen Creek, Arizona

      We all are scheduled for our first meeting, a 12-step program. First step, hug a child (preferably your own). lol

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      annie laurie 8 years ago from England

      hi my name is Annie and I am an addict. lol

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      Paul Callaghan 8 years ago from Paraparaumu, New Zealand

      I thought there was something wrong with me. But now I see that its just another addiction. I'll just give in to it like all the others. That'll make things better.

      Loved the hub.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      I love it. Great hub. One more advice - how do you get a publicher. I would love to have my books published. Thanks.

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      Leslie Lee Sanders 8 years ago from Queen Creek, Arizona

      Thanks. I try on funny every now and then. Glad you both like it. And thanks for commenting!

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      William Benner 8 years ago from Savannah GA.

      You go girl! Well written and funny! Cool Beans! It takes me back to when I did my first musical recording. It was all I thought about, and I could not wait to do my next one! Heaven help anyone who try to talk to me when I was working on a new song! I have not written a book yet, but I did write a Movie scrip and a scrip for a TV pilot and that was a SUPER RUSH!

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      Scott.Life 8 years ago

      I am definitely an addict..I'm even seeking a 12 step program, I think the first step will be 1. receive check, 2. Cash check and I'll go from there....Another great hub.