Drunk on Writing

May 6, 2014 § 4 Comments

Maybe this explains the obsession. The compulsion. The “have to” about writing.


Some of you know the feeling. Some don’t. And if you don’t already have the affliction, you probably won’t catch it. Like many things, it’s probably inborn, a matter of physics ~ how one’s electrons, protons and neutrons are arranged, pushing and lighting the way towards pen and paper (or keyboard). But wherever it comes from, I think it’s more an innate “must” than an out-and-out escape route from reality (although that can be a nice side effect) ~ after all, by nature, the act of writing is a private affair primarily between yourself, your muses, and usually a good thesaurus.

You can certainly learn to write. You may feel inspired to write. You may have a love of language. You may have things you want to say. Even if not unmistakably inclined, you can become a decent writer.

But if you don’t feel compelled, if you don’t want to write, if it’s a burden or a chore, if you don’t feel like you’re not breathing properly until you write ~ then you probably don’t have writer’s curse, in which a life without writing is an impossibly awful imagining.

As for me, I’ll take another round as long as I can assemble sentences. It’s a good kind of drunk. And I’m sure glad there are others who feel the same way, or what a dry world it would be.


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§ 4 Responses to Drunk on Writing

  • Bernadette says:

    I am DEEPLY afflicted and it feels good to finally admit it, Patricia! Thank you. I know I am in good company. Cannot imagine being in this world without writing. A few words “filter” to my blog and on Facebook but I have my private “stash” as I am not always a social drinker. Pages filled in my morning quiet time. Have quite a stack of journals here … I pity my poor sisters who will get to sort through them when I am gone. They will see just how afflicted I was. Heheheh … great post!


    • saxtonstudio says:

      Yes, Bernadette, it’s nice to know there are those who not only understand, but share this condition! Maybe you should give some of your writings more light of day… save your sisters some sorting, and share more of your lovely self with others… just a thought!


  • Rand MacIvor says:

    After dealing with a chronic disease for over 2 1/2 years, writing and sharing crazy thoughts on my blog has been my saving grace. It’s kept my (rather strange) mind active and engaged and the act of doing so is said to be better than any other therapy imagined. Good post Patricia! Thanks.


    • saxtonstudio says:

      And we are so glad that you DO write from your wonderfully strange and active mind, Rand ~ for our benefit as well as your own. Here’s to the power of writing!


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