Writers Deserve a Place on the DSM-IV. I’m Just Sayin.

I Have “Writing.”

Do you have what I have too? Because I have the writing bug and it hit me out of the clear blue. From the day I decided I wanted to write, everything has changed. Until three years ago I had no idea the writing bug existed. If you’d told me I’d decide to be a novelist at the age of 33 with three kids and no time, sleep or qualifications, I’d have laughed at you. But that’s what happened. After reading my first book in years that wasn’t about parenting or homeschool, I fell into the zone where every time I put the book down I thought about it. At the end I wanted to do that too. I wanted to pull someone into my world for a little while. The story left me reeling with ideas and hopes I never knew anyone had. I thought writing was a career path like journalism where you started in high school or college or you didn’t start at all. Wrong-o.

I can remember the first day I dared google writing. Hours disappeared from under me. I called my husband marveling at the enormous sub culture of our population who also strived to be an author and chatted online about the industry, providing support, encouragement and answers. I was in heaven.

As a former psych major, I think this deserves a diagnosis and placement on the DSM-IV personality disorder scale. The more writers I meet, the more we are the same. We have the same thoughts, troubles and resolutions. It’s hive mentality worldwide. I love it! I am not alone! We share the same challenges, joys, trials and all. It’s like a global family of strangers, joined by one desire and everything that goes with it.

My obsession with publication has led me into all sorts of amazing relationships and situations. Some of my best memories have been made in the past two years at writers conferences and gatherings of the like. Many of my closest friends are ones I will never meet due to distance, time and financial constraints, but I see them everyday online and that’s enough. We’ve forged bonds geography cannot rend.

As far as affliction go, I’m happy with mine. Mostly because I know I’m in great company. xoxox


4 comments to Writers Deserve a Place on the DSM-IV. I’m Just Sayin.

  • Jennifer

    HAHAHAHA!! Okay. Break over. Now back to the padded room….

  • It looks like the start of a new year has a lit a fire under a lot of writers. We seem to be remembering why we chose this path in the first place and are re-appreciating all the amazing people we’ve met along the way thus far. I don’t know if it should be in the DSM-IV but it’s definitely more common than people realize.

  • Yup. It’s a bug, and I’ve got a bad case of it. Saw a little old lady walking into McDonald’s. She was wearing a windbreaker that said, “Color Guard” on the back. I thought, “I could write a picture book about her. Color Guard Grandma.” It’s like that all day every day. Could somebody take my temperature, please?

  • Could not agree more. Three years ago I would’ve said that you can’t make real friends over the Internet. Boy was I wrong!

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