Advice from an Addict Program

The 12-Step program for alcohol and other addictions, gives addicts a place to go and find healing.  They have a lot of slogans they use as reminders to help them work the program.   A lot of these slogans apply to almost anything we struggle with in life, including our writing.  Today we want to share a few of them and relate them to our writing struggles.


Writing (Photo credit: jjpacres)

►Act as if. 

When writer’s block, discouragement, criticism, or other things pop up, keep writing.

►Be gentle with yourself. 

Don’t be so hard on yourself if you make mistakes or fall behind — keep writing.


Writing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

►Don’t should yourself.

Don’t hold yourself, your writing, or anything else to a higher standard than you hold for others — keep writing.


►Easy Does it.

See above.  If you no longer enjoy the process, you may be pushing yourself too hard — keep writing.


►Fears are not facts.

This is one of my favorites.  Fear or anxiety is a natural reaction; it doesn’t have to keep us from writing, however.  Counter fears by telling yourself the truth.  It’s not the end of the world if an article or blog post bombs or has a typo or two.  (That made Gram gulp.)  Keep writing.

First things first.

"Writing", 22 November 2008

“Writing”, 22 November 2008 (Photo credit: dr_ed_needs_a_bicycle)

Break down the process and do the first thing, then the next thing.  Looking at the entire project can overwhelm and paralyze –keep writing.



Sometimes, just a short sentence can keep us going.  I hope you enjoy and keep writing!



  1. authormjlogan

    Great post Angela. I love the idea of a 12-step for writers.

    • If we aren’t addicted, I don’t know who is!!! Thanks for the tweet and comment 🙂

  2. Fabulous idea applying the 12-step progam to writing. Hmm. Makes so much sense. I love your imaginative approach to writing. Thanks.

    • Thanks Tess — we are all addicted to writing, aren’t we???? 😀

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