The Write Stuff – part 2

writer rehab

Paula’s Post #100 — Today’s post is a celebration, of sorts. A celebration and a milestone.

For the celebration part, I’m celebrating the fact that today I actually said “No” to something. “No” to taking on yet another challenging, engaging, project.  “No” to working on a committee with several talented, dedicated professionals. “No” to working together with others to hopefully help to enrich the small coastal community where I live.

I have mixed feelings about this. I think I could have contributed (and of course I was actually flattered to be asked to participate). But looking back over a hundred posts to this 5writers blog, I can’t help but notice (as I’m sure our readers have) that, increasingly, my posts have have been more about why I’m ‘not writing’ rather than about what or why I’m writing.

Something had to give.

So, I’m celebrating because I’ve taken the ‘first step’ towards returning to the world of writing. I don’t know how many steps it will ultimately take. Perhaps 12, like AA (the original 12 step program, begun in the 1930’s by ‘Bill W’). Since that time, this sequential approach to dealing with problems has evolved to tackle a myriad of addictive and dysfunctional behaviours.

Problems like not being able to ‘just say no’.

Step 1 – admit I am powerless; admit that my life has become unmanageable.

Okay, I’m okay with this one. I get it. I can’t just keep saying ‘yes’ to every shiny new fun thing that comes along.

But guess what?

I couldn’t help Googling ‘writers’ and ’12 step programs’ and even in this I find I have failed to come up with an original idea. Check out:

Writers Rehab: A 12-Step Program for Writers Who Can’t Get Their Acts Together

by DB Gillies (available from Amazon) and marketed as a ‘comprehensive self-help book in the form of a 12-step program for writers dealing with emotional or psychological roadblocks with their writing’.

I haven’t ordered it yet (but I sure am thinking about it).

Oh… and the Milestone part? Post #100 – I’m pretty happy about that. Even if Hare did come in last.

My stats for this week:

1. Projects said “no” to:


2. Airplane rides:

Two (up to Edmonton on Friday and back south again on Monday to see grandchildren M 3 and S 1).

3. Books read:

One – The highly acclaimed (and highly recommended) All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, for my desert book club.

4. Chapters written on new novel… ah, wait for it… may be next week.

2 thoughts on “The Write Stuff – part 2

  1. Paula Paula — YAY, good for you girl! You said “No” to something. An admirable first step. The walk back to writing is just one step at a time, I’ll stroll there with you. I also need “No” lessons, as well as “Stop” lessons, so maybe I should order this book too (yet another book, yikes).

    I knew the second I read your paragraph 4 that you’d probably taken a wander over to the AA site to check out what the 12 steps were (and happily found that writers have their own 12).

    Good luck, good times!

  2. Pingback: The Write Stuff – Part 3 – Re-Kindling the Fire | 5 Writers 5 Novels 5 Months

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