Confessions of a Writing-Addict

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Confession is supposed to be good for the soul, and I admit to being a writing-addict. Addictions don’t necessarily mean a problem, but they do indicate a dependency, obsession, habit, and enslavement to something. The deciding factor is whether the draw is a good factor for us and those around us. In the case of writing, the answer is YES!

I don’t intend to kick the habit. I like being a writer. Possibly you have the same addiction.

Here are 15 ways to know you can join the band.

  1. Bad grammar is as annoying as fingernails scraping across a chalkboard.
  2. Critique buds are on speed dial.
  3. Daydreaming is a preferred method of passing time.
  4. Drink of choice is predominantly coffee, tea, and caffeine-rich sodas.
  5. Emotion in our writing is as critical as punctuation.
  6. How-to books are devoured like the finest of chocolate.
  7. Laboring over emails, texts, and grocery lists is a part of our chemical makeup.
  8. Life experiences become a story, blog post, devotional, article, nonfiction book or a poem. We include the great and wonderful experiences, and also those happenings that are tragic or bring us to tears.
  9. Movies are a source of how we’d edit or rewrite the script.
  10. Pastors and speakers of all types can inspire whatever we are writing.
  11. Reading is an obsession. If it contains letters that resemble words, then we read it.
  12. We appreciate the label of quirky, bizarre, eccentric, and should be on meds.
  13. Writing conferences are the closest events to heaven that we will ever encounter.
  14. Writing is how we process life. The written word communicates our emotions, humor, insight, wisdom, and quirkiness.
  15. Math is not your forte. 🙂

Okay, if you scored 3 out of 15, you are a part of the writing-addicted crowd. Welcome!

What descriptor fits you the most?