Most of us suffer from some form of addiction. We may be addicted to chocolate, coffee, a television series, social media, surfing the net, being in love, or even going a step further and participating in life-altering experiences, such as extreme sports or death-defying adventure. These types of addictions do not usually interfere with the health and happiness of others, except for us. Other addictions may include being continually negative, posting criticism and negative comments on social media, bullying others, or even worse, addictions to drugs, alcohol, even addictions to toxic relationships. These types of addictions harm others as well as ourselves. Obviously!
The thing is that addictions, however we wish to label them, temporarily make us feel good yet we also secretly or not so secretly despise them.
Most of us have addictive personalities in a sense because we have the ability to create habits and subconsciously follow these habits which create our every day lives. In general, habits can be good and habits can be bad. Good habits lead us in a direction that helps us better ourselves and the lives of others. Bad habits cause us to destroy ourselves, even if they may give us temporary pleasure.
When it comes to any type of activity we do in life, it is a result of following a habit, a routine, a ritual, a practice, that embeds this activity into our spirits, personalities, ways of thinking, and, in turn, our actions. Nobody performs an action that they did not think about beforehand. We must think before we do because our thinking forms our instincts, the basis of our subconscious habits.
Writing and thinking go hand in hand. It also helps to have your best friend by your side.
In order to change a habit, we must recognize the depth of our subconscious and consciously change it until it becomes a subconscious habit. These subconscious habits then determine our destiny.
It is not easy to change a habit, especially ones we do not like or ones that we do not even know that we have. After all, we have been following these habits for years upon years. They become second nature to us. We just do them without thinking. Habits are like computer programs. They follow the same routines and subroutines over and over again.
Yet, we are so much more than our patterns of behavior because we have the power to change our patterns of behavior. It may hurt to do so, it may be difficult to do so, but we cannot experience real change until we do so.
What does this have to do with writing? Everything.
Writing is a habit. Write every day to get “writing” into your subconscious routine.
Writing is habitual. Real writing comes as a habit of writing each and every day even if you are productive or you think you have not been productive. Every time you write, you are solidifying this new habit of writing every day. Eventually, you can skip a day or two and come back to your writing but on the days that you are not writing, you are still creating. You are coming up with ideas to write about believe it or not.
Writing can and should be a form of addiction. A form of positive addiction that moves you to your goal of writing your book, or at the very least, coming up with ideas and understanding what lies behind those ideas so that you can communicate those ideas to another person, a ghostwriter or book coach, or editor, who can help you communicate that message.
And, if you desire to become an author, or further solidify your author career, you must be willing to create a writing addiction, which is the basis of all writing. When you are addicted to writing, you will spend a lot of time writing each and every day. You will write ideas and toss them out. Maybe even crumple up paper and throw it away and begin anew. A true writer, one who actually finished what they start, is a writer with an addiction to writing.
So, how can you rechannel your energy and efforts into writing and create a writing addiction? You simply must write each and every day, even if you do not feel like writing, and even if you do not like what you are writing. You must just write. That’s it. After a period of time, writing will become a part of your daily routine. It will eventually become an addiction when it makes you feel good and you feel bad on the days you cannot write. You will need to write to feel good, to feel alive, and to change your world, and perhaps someone else’s world too with your message.