You May be Addicted to Writing If…

Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you today. I’m back and I’ve been diligently working on my WIP. It’s really shaping up and I’m very excited about how it’s turning out. So stay tuned. Positive things are happening! 😉


Today I’d like to make a confession to you. I’ve finally had to admit it to myself. I am obsessed with writing. When I’m not writing, I’m thinking about it, trying to make my story better or I’m researching for my story. It’s that bad.

Since I’ve become aware of my addiction, because let’s face it, it is. I’ve taken steps to manage it, because we never really cure ourselves do we? But I thought I’d list the signs for you, just in case you might be struggling with this addiction, but you’re not quite sure. Maybe living in the land of denial? I lived there for a while. It was great. 🙂


  1. You may be addicted to writing if your house looks like a tornado hit it. All. The. Time.

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  1. You may be addicted to writing if your hair hasn’t been styled in months.

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  1. You may be addicted to writing if you barricade yourself in your writing hovel, ignoring your family’s cries for food and clean clothes.


  1. You may be addicted to writing if you can write your name in the dust that’s gathered on your living room furniture and shelves.

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  1. You may be addicted to writing if you take your laptop with you on your child’s playdates.


  1. You may be addicted to writing if you take your laptop into the bathroom with you because you’re in the middle of a really good scene.


  1. You may be addicted to writing if you’re deathly pale in the summer because you’d rather write than spend time in the sun.

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  1. You may be addicted to writing if you give up food, alcohol, and showering because it takes too much time away from your work.

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  1. You may be addicted to writing, if you’d rather do that than go out and get a better paying job.

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  1. You may be addicted to writing if your family doesn’t remember what you look like because your face is always behind a computer screen.


These are all signs that you are addicted to your passion. There are steps to remedy the situation, but the first step is admitting you have an addiction. This step is always the hardest. Just ask me, I know. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post today. Do you have a writing addiction? How has it affected your life? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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41 Responses to You May be Addicted to Writing If…

  1. April Munday says:

    How did you get into my house? Actually, my bedroom is worse. I have acknowledged my addiction, however, and leave the house occasionally for a walk.

  2. mariaholm says:

    I always think of photo motives when I am out on trips to use for blog posts

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Isn’t it funny how the writer’s mind works. 🙂 I’ve seen some of your photos and they’re awesome! Keep up the good work. Your readers enjoy it!

      • mariaholm says:

        Thank you dear Lisa. I wish the same for you. For me it works the best when I am open to new adventures both at home and on even the most insignificant trip and look for details to combine in a post. Then I don’t burn out with the feeling that I can’t continue to become inspired

      • Lisa Orchard says:

        Ahhh…good for you. Sounds like you’ve found a way to stave off burn out! I’m going to try that. Sometimes I suffer from burn out and have a hard time finding something interesting to write about. 🙂

      • mariaholm says:

        I have been there. But instead of giving up it helped me to post a bit slower in frequency and then keep on reading a lot and looking at photos and attending exhibitions or thinking about former travels that ought to be remembered in a post

      • Lisa Orchard says:

        I’m glad to hear it! 🙂

  3. Traci York says:

    LOL! I’m with April – it sounds like you were writing about my house (and my addiction)! I would add, “you might be addicted to writing if you get excited for November – not because of the holidays arriving, but because of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).” 😀

  4. sharonledwith says:

    ROTFLMAO! Love those 10 signs, Lisa. But wait…give up alcohol? Didn’t happen to Hemingway, as I recall. Wink. Fun post, and some of those points are bang on!

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      I know. I thought of Hemingway, too when I wrote that,but alcohol makes me sleepy and then I can’t concentrate! Makes for bad writing. I’ve been working on my story all day! I’m so excited about it! 🙂

  5. Debbie H says:

    This is a great post Lisa!! I can see myself in some of these (as I sit here at lunchtime still in my pyjamas!)

  6. Liesbet says:

    Writing is all I do, all day long: emails, WIP (memoir), articles to make some money, 3 blogs a week, writing exercises, house sit applications (we live rent-free in return for house and pet sitting “duties”), comments on blogs, and diary. Every weekday. Luckily, we don’t have high bills and I do all this from home, so some of the things you mention I can easily get away with without care or criticism! 🙂

    Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary

  7. I could get addicted, but I have too many other past times just yet!

  8. Jumped over from the Senior Salon
    Hmmmm – I’m probably still in the denial phase. My mind keeps saying “yes, but” as my head nods affirmatively at each successive point.

    VERY clever, Lisa. It brings to mind a great Mother’s Day card given to the director of a theatre company I worked with. We howled! You don’t even need the illustration to find it funny.

    Front: Happy Mother’s Day. Because you are such a great mom, I want you to do whatever you want today, okay? Don’t even think about me.

    Open: I’ll just stand over here in this dusty corner in my dirty underwear sucking on this old chicken bone again.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

  9. Writing is something that always makes me feel empowered and right now, that is something we all need to feel. I’m addicted, too.

  10. This is funny because it is, and sad because it’s true. 😉

  11. thejuicenut says:

    I would add you might be addicted to writing if you go straight from bed to laptop bypassing bathroom and breakfast and even bypassing sleep, using night-time hours merely to rest the fingers and dream up more inspiration for their continued occupation!

  12. gakeman75 says:

    I definitely can agree with some of these even though blog, I also write too.

  13. Love this. I am addicted to writing amongst other things.

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