Are you Addicted to Writing?
Questions whether it is possible to be addicted to writing and if it's a good thing to be addicted to. Also, talks about other similar addictions like Facebook addiction and Internet addiction. If there were 12 steps to overcoming an addiction to writing they would probably be:
1. Admit that we as writers are powerless in the face of writing addiction and that it is taking over our lives
2. Start believing that we can use a power greater than ourselves to overcome our writing addiction
3. Make a decision not to idolize our writing or see it as a replacement to our religious or spiritual lives
4. Look at our writing addiction fearlessly from a moral viewpoint
5. Admit to God or to a higher power the wrongness of our addiction
6. Get ready to remove those parts of our character that foster a writing addiction
7. Ask God to remove our shortcomings humbly
8. Think about the other people who may have been affected by our writing addiction
9. Make amends to those people
10. Admit that sometimes we will do wrong and slip back into our writing addiction but promptly admit it when we do so
11. Overcome writing addiction through prayer and meditation
12. Spread the word about how we overcame our writing addiction
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Being Addicted to Writing
Is there such a thing?
I have heard of people being addicted to drama, addicted to being on the stage but why does nobody ever talk about someone being addicted to writing? I think there would be a few candidates out there who would qualify as having a serious addiction to writing. Writing is similar to acting in that it is a creative force that comes out of someone. Creation is allied with choice; a person can be whoever they want to be on stage and whoever they want to be on paper.
Then there are those writers who say they are just searching for the truth. Words just come out of their head, a bit like Carrie Bradshaw sitting at her laptop, and they can make better sense of the world. This must be very addictive. Some people even go as far as to treat reading and writing like a kind of religion. You can find the answers in literary books as much as you can find it in a holy work like the Bible, they might believe.
These days with the advent of the on line Internet publishing practically anyone can publish what they want to say on line, which is remarkable. People don't even need a pen and paper anymore.
Perhaps this produces a kind of haphazard lazy attitude to writing that nineteenth century Romanticists would deplore. Bring the personal emotion into the poem, but keep the craft Wordsworth would say. Coleridge with his drug fuelled writing experiments might disagree.
I have read about a lot of people longing to be freelance writers because they love writing so much, whatever kind of standard of writer they are. I have to say I love writing too. I love the feeling you get from rearranging the words so they fit perfectly, when you get that turn of phrase that just feels right and when you finish a piece you can be proud of. The inspiration behind the writing always seems somewhat magical. I love hearing about how other writers work too.
Is there ever a time when, like every addiction a writing addiction can become too much or even have negative consequences? We have already seen some young people having a Facebook addiction and spending too much time on the computer in place of normal human interaction. Does writing on the internet have this same kind of effect? In a way you are writing your opinion and presenting it on the web but not actually telling it to someone, so there is a similar lack of interaction there. Like everything, it may just be a case of moderation being the best thing.
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How To Become Addicted To Writing In Just 5 Short Steps
Well, if you're not yet addiction to write prose, here are a few helpful tips on getting there. Are you sure you want to pick up the pen now? Once you start you might not be able to stop!
- Always carry a notepad with you and a pen and start writing anything that you want to remember for later, so you have it handy
- Start writing first thing in the morning when you wake up. A good exercise is to write down the dreams while you're still in bed and the dream is still fresh in your mind. Keep a dream journal - that is already creative writing.
- Start writing short things - try to write your ideas without spending lots of words and time. Time yourself and write for 5 minutes in one go and then stop.
- Set yourself a writing target for each day. This could be to spend one hour writing or write a chapter of a new book, or write 2 articles of 500 words each...whatever the goal might be, keep at it. But make your goal manageable so you don't get discouraged from the start.
- At least initially reward yourself for every new goal achieved. A good pat on the back, on icecream, going out for a movie or listening to a favorite song can be great intrinsic motivators.
Do you think writing addiction can be harmful?
Do you think writing addiction can be harmful?
Speaking Of Someone Who Is Truly Addicted To Writing
Writing Addiction Is Not Only For Writers
The truth is that many writers, be it professional novelists, biography writers, ghostwriters or simply hobbyists have a sort of compulsion to writing.
However I've seen this extended also to online writers where the result is an article or a blog posts that would draw in lots of people. There are many online places where such writers can go to feed their 'addiction', including places like Squidoo, right here, or other places like Hubpages, Wizzley, Zujava, or the latest trend, Bubblews.
And just because these folks are not actual novelists or professional writers, they still write - albeit with the computer and not with the pen, and the compulsion of typing away at their creations is still there.