Today I was waiting for a very slow (It was still going 8 hours after I started it…) progress bar to finish. I’m used to this; working in computers is often a slow and patient business, and luckily I’m a slow and patient guy, or I wouldn’t be in the job I’m in.
Anyway, while I waited, I thought I’d write something off the top of my head, just to pass the time. Came out with a pretty good 1100 word story which I might publish somewhere.
The subject of the story is a bored housewife who takes up writing to pass the time, and on a whim sends her novel away to an agent. I won’t tell you the ending, but it got me thinking:
Is writing addictive? Is there a compulsion to write? I was twiddling my thumbs, and the first thing I thought of was: I’ll write something.
I’d just finished a seven month project to write a 35k novel (Update: That turned into Eight Mile Island), and here I was again: writing.
Here am I writing about writing, for heavens sake.
At least if I’m addicted – or obsessed – it’s quite a benign addiction; can’t see myself knocking over a fast food restaurant so I can find the money for more pens, for instance. But I would like to have some sort of life apart from hitting keys all day!
It’s fun ‘teaching’ it to people, and seeing their work and sharing it, but isn’t that just feeding my addiction?
I know I should be out there doing other things. I think there’s something called…ummm…’Fresh Air’, is it? I’d like to try that one day, just to see what it’s like. I think it comes with a side dish of ‘Exercise’, which sounds awfully strenous.
There are benefits to this addiction as well, I know. There aren’t many addictions where you earn money rather than spend it, and the more time you spend on your addiction, the more it earns you.
I’d love to earn enough to pay my mortgage, even if that wasn’t enough to take up writing full time (At the minute, I’m working on buying a new fridge!), but I can’t really imagine myself writing full time…what would that be like? How strict would you have to be with yourself to think of what you do as ‘your job: writer’, and not goof around on the internet all day. (Speaking of which, how are my sales doing on Amazon…).
So, in conclusion: Am I addicted to writing? Is there a cure? Would I want to take it if there was?
Now I have another story idea…an injection that stops creativity…
See what I mean?
You know fresh air is really underrated, you should get more of it! And hey, you can always compromise by going out in the fresh air, finding a nice spot and writing outside. That’s what I do, but with reading. 🙂
That’s my usual summer plan…take the laptop, a floppy hat and do some writing in the back garden!
I’m so glad writing isn’t an expensive addiction!
Me too! My wife is into crafts and origami, and there are whole *stores* devoted to it. What do writers need? A pen and some paper…
Exactly, my partner’s a drummer and he spends a fortune on his addiction!