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Writers in Recovery

As someone who is in recovery, I have come across many gifted writers who don’t believe in the power of their own talent. I would like to challenge all of you. If you are someone who has battled with addiction, I want you to write about it. I would like to read your stories, anecdotes, and poems. When I was in the throws of active addiction, my disease led me into some very dark places of my soul. I did two years in prison, and it was during that time I got in touch with that darkness. I used those feelings of agony and turmoil to write, and purge it from me. For the next couple of days I am going to share my thoughts, experiences, poems, and excerpts. I encourage anyone else who is in recovery, to share with us. We would all love to hear from you. You never know, your words may help another suffering addict.

This is from my diary when I was incarcerated– September 17, 2013 :  They keep asking me.  What does it feel like? I began to think about how to explain. Picture yourself in freezing, icy rain. Frigid. Dark. Wind, the kind that stings your face, seeps into your bones like cancer, and hurts your feelings for its sheer relentlessness…Now come in out of that black stormy rain and into the comfort of your warm home, where a blazing fire already crackles in the fireplace. Get dry and warm and safe. Lie down in front of that inviting fire. Allow your lover to wrap his strong arms around you and make the sweetest love of your life, right there in the comfort and glow of those flames. Multiply your bliss by any number of your choice…you are just beginning to scratch the surface of what heroin feels like. It is however, a sad way to live. Once you have experienced this ecstasy, everything else in life becomes a cheap trick. Nothing else ever feels as good.You walk around like a zombie, just waiting for the next thing that will make you feel that way. When you finally get clean, it’s like trying to heal from a broken heart. That crack, that break eventually scars and the pain isn’t so deep, but it never fully recovers. You find things that replace it, but no love, ever again, is quite as fulfilling. You aren’t necessarily unhappy now, just sort of, indifferent.

I read that today, for the first time since I’ve moved back to Texas. February 2016 was four years that I have been clean. I have come a long way since I wrote that. My life has progressed into something so content and gratifying, so joyous beyond anything I could have ever imagined when I wrote that journal entry and I am grateful every day that I did not give up. Thank you for reading, and I will post some poems tomorrow that are a little darker. Next week we’ll go back to the usual writing tips and prompts. So 20160417_161542come on! Don’t be shy. Share your experience, strength, and hope.

 

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Are You a Successful Writer?

I’d like to discuss two things that plague a lot of new writers. The first20160417_161033 is, when can you call yourself a writer? Should you have a successful blog? Should you be published first? Should you have some type of certification or degree? The answer to all of these, is no. The only thing you need to call yourself a writer, is a pen and paper. If you love to write, and you actively create with your words, you my friend, are a writer. There are millions of writers who are not Stephen King or Clive Barker. That kind of fame and notoriety are not typical. If that is your idea of success, you have a long disappointing career ahead of you.Which leads me to my second question. What does success look like to you? How do you feel right now as a writer? How do you want to feel? Let’s face it, there will always be room for more money and more accolades about something we have written. But, you cannot let money and other people define your idea of success. If you feel good about what you do and are lucky enough that you have the luxury of writing whenever you want, you are not just a successful writer, you are an incredible eminence of writing accomplishment! So keep writing, keep enjoying what you do. Keep telling yourself that you are a successful writer. Go ahead, say it out loud! Tack up some positive affirmations that remind you that you are a brilliant success! If getting paid to write is your dream, there are many ways to get started. Tomorrow we can talk about some steps you can take. Today, you are a success.

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Why Start a Blog?

The main reason to start a blog is not only to improve your writing, but to document your improvements. In a few months you can read your beginner posts, have a good laugh, and say, “OMG! What a rookie!” It’s a good way to gain experience. If you are in the learning phase of developing your voice and style as a writer, then what better way to experiment and get feedback from readers? See what generates the most views, what keeps them coming back? Maybe a certain post received several likes. Perhaps you don’t know what you want to blog about. Start with something you’re passionate about. If you aren’t excited about it, you won’t fool your readers. If you love to write and can’t imagine doing anything else, then start with that! Do you want to begin work as a freelance writer? Blogging is a great way to network and get your name out there. I can’t think of a more exceptional sounding board for ideas, practice, and feedback. You can’t listen to the little voice that nags, “No one cares about what you write.” How will you ever find out if your to scared to try?

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Your Writing Space

Creating a space that you actually want to be in, is essential to your craft. After all, if you do not want to be in your office, how can you expect to get any work done. You can carry your laptop to the park with you, weather permitting. You could also sit in a favorite lawn chair by the pool or on the beach. These surroundings are not always realistic. The writer who works from home does just that, works from home. Your home office doesn’t have to

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feel like work, though. Why not create a mini retreat for yourself. A home office that is your sanctuary. When you walk through that door, the world outside of it doesn’t exist. This is where your inspiration comes to life. This where you create. Trust me, it doesn’t need to take a lot of work or money. I converted the walk-in closet off of my bedroom into my office. Behind me, there is a wall of hangers and clothes. Who cares. They’re behind me. I can’t see them when I am at my computer. I keep it neat and organized so there is not the feeling of clutter, and I have ample space for my desk area. There is a corner of the room where I have the doggie bed set up, so even the little hairy guy has a place to nestle. As you can see I have notes, instructions, writing prompts, pictures, and anything else that may inspire me. I savor the cozy cottage ambiance of my home, so I played it up for my writing space. These are just my personal preferences. You can create your space to suit your personal style and needs. Go ahead, give it a try. Turn your home office (or any space) into an inviting area to work from.