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Are you Addicted to Writing?

Updated on May 15, 2014

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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.

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!

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

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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.

I think so, afteral the result is something that people can read online

I think so, afteral the result is something that people can read online

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      • Rae 2 years ago

        Yes. I mean, I've been writing online for... three years now? I've gathered a fan base, have fan boys and girls who follow my books almost religiously, to the point in which they drop what they're doing to read my chapters.

        Why should I not be considered a real writer? I write, do I not?

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          Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

          Yes, I love writing, (well typing :-)) but I do love the written word.

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          Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

          I am probably addicted to writing, but don't think of it as a bad thing. It is just something I do daily because I love doing it. There's a book about writing addiction... you might want to link to it on this lens. It is called "The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer's Block, and the Creative Brain" by Alice Weaver Flaherty.

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          Nesli 6 years ago

          This lens category seems people, but it should be udner another category. You need to change that. More photos to avoid too much text...polls.. more text more titles... to get the flow...please stop by and comment on my lens too:

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          Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          I do enjoy writing and that's one of the reasons I'm on Squidoo. I'm not sure if I'm addicted, but really do enjoy building Squidoo lenses. Welcome to Squidoo! :)

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I am NOT addicted to writing, but I am addicted to reading and learning, so writing is an essential part of communicating what I have just learned.

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          Sensitive Fern 6 years ago

          I'm addicted to writing so I often avoid it. I tend to go into the world I'm writing about and not want to come back out. But I'm going to attempt NaNoWriMo this year.

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          lelads 6 years ago

          i can't really say that i'm addicted to writing but i love writng

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          darciefrench lm 6 years ago

          Oh yes, I do love fancy fishing down at the word pool :)

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          Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

          Addicted to writing? Even as a writer, I would say no. Sometimes I HATE writing, even though I feel it's what I'm supposed to do. One writer told me, "I don't like the actual writing; I like it when it's DONE!" I can relate to that.

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          MS-Strait 6 years ago

          I enjoyed writing a lot more before it became my job. I guess you could say I was an addict because I always had to write. Now that's it's my job, I usually want to do anything else other than write.

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          Sammy24 6 years ago

          I love writing. I will write when I do not have to. When it becomes a Job, I tend to like it less since you get specific guidelines and can not let your creativity take control.

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          SheilaVine LM 6 years ago

          No but I think I am adicted to squidoo.How about you?

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          norma-holt 6 years ago

          Yes, definitely. I spend most of my day on the computer - writing. I am featuring this on How to Write Well

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          Zen Automat 6 years ago

          I get withdrawals if I don't write :)

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          jgall34 lm 6 years ago

          I think over the last couple of years I have become addicted to writing. Now I can't go a day without doing it.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Well, considering that I like to get my stuff read online even under a pseudonym, I guess I am addicted. Was hoping to see a 12 step guide to writing addiction ( kinda of a like a Writer Anonymous.) lol

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          mumsgather 5 years ago

          I came across this at Lensroll and your title quickly attracted my attention. I guess I am heading towards writing addiction or shall I say blogging and squidoo addiction as now I've even taken to writing down my blog posts and squidoo ideas on paper when I can't get to a pc.

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          makeupbrush 5 years ago

          I write on a regular basis because I have a blog attached to my website and also writing for Squidoo. All these writing starting out having a motive of gaining links, money, promotion, so on and so forth. But gradually, there is some kind of intrinsic value developed. I found that I am actually having fun, learning new things, and feeling ecstatic when people agree with me and share their opinion. I don't know whether I am addicting to writing per se or the feelings associated with it.

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          Fairies_of_the_mist 5 years ago

          Yes I am afraid I am guilty. But its so much healthier than being addicted to chocolate! Great lens thanks.

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          Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

          No I am not. Who cares if the laundry is piling up. Great lens.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I love to write. i always have a pad of paper and a pen or pencil with me. i am guilty. but being addicted to writing is a lot better then being addicted to drugs and/or alcohol right? Writing is what keeps me alive.

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          WriterJanis2 5 years ago

          I totally am. What a great artistic way to express yourself.

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          nifwlseirff 4 years ago

          While I love writing (and researching), I wouldn't say that I'm addicted to it! On the other hand, if I get into 'flow' while writing or reading (or anything for that matter), then I often forget to eat and drink.

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          adammuller003 lm 3 years ago

          Straight up addict.

          It's like being addicted to understanding the world (and yourself) in deeper and more meaningful ways. It's the best addiction I can think of:)

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          Kate Fereday Eshete 3 years ago from Ethiopia

          I'm probably a borderline addict because although I love writing and it's my favourite activity, other commitments prevent me from spending as much time writing as I'd like to. But when I do have a writing stint, I find it difficult to stop, and I sometimes concentrate so hard that I forget to eat or drink or talk to my family. The thing is to be mindful of the harmful side of writing and to balance your life. Thanks for a very thought-provoking lens.

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          Rae 2 years ago

          I know without a doubt that I am truly addicted to writing. I write for my followers on a constant basis. My grades dropped because of it, wanting to write, wanting to create something out of nothing, out of a single idea in my head that left me only thinking about that one thing.

          It's taken over my life, in just the three short years I've been writing.

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