12 Steps for Writer’s Block

June 6, 2010 § 9 Comments

I am powerless over my ability to create right now. But watching my pup swim this morning, I found myself wondering if there was a program to help me recover from the guilt and fear I feel about not creating. I’ve received much good advice from friends and fellow writers, but the angst remains. I need a recovery program, so I created one:

 
 

12 Steps for Writer’s Block

Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over our Muse – that our pleas had become useless

Step 2 – Came to believe that a Patience greater than ourselves could restore us to creativity

Step 3 – Made a decision to turn our desire to write and our creativity over to the care of our Muse as we understood Her

Step 4 – Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of our self-criticism and doubt

Step 5 – Admitted to our Muse, to ourselves, and to our supporters that we were struggling

Step 6 – Were entirely ready to have our Muse remove all of our impatience, doubts, desires, and self-criticism

Step 7 – Humbly asked our Muse to remove our impatience, doubts, desires, and self-criticism

Step 8 – Made a list of all our negative thoughts and became willing to correct them all

Step 9 – Made positive and corrective counter thoughts for every negative one

Step 10 – Continued to take personal inventory and when we were self critical, promptly corrected it

Step 11 – Sought through our personal relationships, values, and pleasures to improve our conscious contact with our Muse as we understood Her, asking only for the patience and trust to wait for her return

Step 12 – Having had an awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other writers, and to practice these principles in all our creativity


Of course, I had to Google to see who else has created 12 steps for writers and here are the results for your recovery pleasure. If these aren’t enough, you’ll have to develop a cocaine addiction. Really.

Twelve Steps for Writers
The Writer’s 12 Step Inspirational Program
A 12 Step Program for Writers Who Care About Their Readers
How to Write Sex Scenes: The 12 Step Program
Chapter Two: A 12-Step Program for Writers
Twelve Step Program for Addictive Writers
The Twelve Steps of Writer’s Anonymous

Can you identify your negative thoughts? How do you recognise and correct them?

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