A Twelve Step Program for those with Compulsive Writing Disorders
1. We admitted we were powerless over writing – that our lives had become unmanageable without it.
2. We came to believe that a Work In Progress greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the writing of the story of a fictitious occurrence as we understood it.
4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of our characters.
5. We droned on and on to God, to ourselves, and to any other human being who wanted to listen (or not) about the exact structure of our narrative.
6. We were entirely ready to have our muse dictate how to resolve dilemmas and tie up loose ends in the final chapter.
7. We humbly asked our muse to remove all writing distractions.
8. We made a list of all persons we could use as characters, and became willing to share intimate and harrowing details about them all.
9. We made indirect allusions to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure our plot structure or punch line.
10. We continued to take personal liberties with their feelings, and when we were wrong, promptly attributed it to our antagonists.
11. We sought through writers’ groups and book clubs to improve our conscious contact with other authors who understood us, praying only for knowledge of their acceptance of us and encouraging comments to propel us onward.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to blog this message to fellow write-oholics, and to practice these principles in all our written endeavors.
I’m Mame Z., and I’m a write-oholic.