Is Writing An Addiction?

I’ve begun to think of writing as an addiction.  It seems like the more I write, the harder it is to go on vacation and not write.  I’ve started to go through withdrawals if I don’t at least write a couple of sentences every day.  It’s pretty funny to watch as I grow extremely unfocused, loose the ability to carry on a good conversation, and begin ‘daydreaming’ while people are trying to talk to me.  Occasionally I get bad enough to where I just want to go sleep because I’m so crabby from lack of writing.

Awhile ago I realized that I just can’t focus on the world around me when my characters are just waiting for their story to be on paper so they can stop suffering and get to an easier part of the story.  I admit, sometimes my characters are much better company than the people around me.  Sometimes they’re even more real than the world around me seems.

I once saw a quote somewhere that read, “there is no greater pain than bearing an unwritten story inside you.”  I thought it was funny at the time, even slightly true.  But it seems to grow more and more true as I get deeper and deeper into my book.  The more I write, the more I need to write, but if I don’t I go through withdrawals.  So where’s the balance at?  How can someone carry on with their normal life when they’ve got the pain of an unwritten story driving them to distraction?

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7 thoughts on “Is Writing An Addiction?

  1. Self discipline? I don’t really know. My social life really tends to feel the pain when I’m on a writing binge.

    I am going through the second worst pain right now, editing that story that I had inside me. I just keep on coming up with new revision ideas. But I am glad they are there. Imagine how sad it would be if we didn’t have those stories inside us waiting to get out.

    Nice post!

    Liz

  2. 12 Step Program for writers? I dunno. But who’s to judge really. Passion for one’s undertakings seems so rare nowdays, that I would not discourage someone from being lost in a world of their own.

  3. Mike says:

    I couldn’t agree more. Writing certainly can become an addiction.
    In my case I’m lucky as I’m recently retired and can now spend as much time writing as I want to.
    I’m still amazed at how, when I get an idea, I’ve got to write it down and I’ve got to do this every day – the quote you used is so apt “There’s no greater pain than bearing an unwritten story inside you'”
    I often wonder what happened to all those stories that I didn’t have time to develop and write down when I was ‘working’.

    • Jinx says:

      Yes! I’m always so disappointed when my homework and busy life get in the way of what could be a wonderful plot to something.

      Thanks for the read and the comment. =)

  4. I feel the same thing. I get depressed when I go more than a few days without working on something fictional.

    I think it’s because we were born to write. When we are writing, we are who we’re supposed to be. When we’re not writing, we get homesick.

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