Those of you familiar with the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous will appreciate the Writer's Anonymous version that is circling the internet, courtesy of Dr. Stan Williams, whose work I have the highest respect for. Here they are below:
- I admit that I am powerless to write like I should—that my creative life has become desolate and unmanageable through disuse.
- I believe that a power greater than myself can restore me to sanity, and get my quota of words written each and every day.
- I have decided to turn my will and my life over to the care of God, as I understand Him.
- I daily search my life and make a fearless moral inventory of my motivations and whatever else has prevented me from applying my butt to a chair and my fingers to the keyboard.
- I admit to God, and to another human being the exact nature of my wrongs from the previous step.
- I am entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character so that I will complete the story that God has set before me.
- I humbly ask God to remove my shortcomings and expect a completed work in the not too distant future.
- I have made a list of all persons we I have harmed by not living up to and disciplining my creative potential, and I am willing to make amends to them all.
- I have made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- I continue to take personal inventory and when I am wrong I promptly admit it.
- Through prayer and meditation (or medication, depends on how bad off you are) I seek to improve my conscious contact with God praying only for knowledge of His will for me and the power to carry that out in my creative life of writing.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, I will carry this message to other writers, and to practice these principles in all my affairs.
Let's Analyze: What do you think about the Writer's 12 Step Program? Couldn't we all benefit from a group that uses those steps as their "Big Blue Book" manual?