There’s a 12 step program for everything

Posted Jun 6 2011, 9:55 am in , , , ,

My random idea generator has been at it again this weekend.  On top of an awesome arc  (at least I’m thinking so at the moment) for the TOUCH series, I’ve gotten some killer ideas for book 3 and two additional plots already festering inside my brain.  Okay.  Festering isn’t true.  These puppies are screaming.  So how to keep focus and finish the awesomesauce that is book 2?

Repeat after me:

WIPaholics 12 Step Program

1.      We admit we are powerless against our WIPs—that they hold our muse—and our hard drives hostage.

2.      We believe something greater than ourselves—the revision process and editing that comes with it—can and will restore our sanity.

3.      We have made the choice to give our lives over to the care of our Muse.

4.      We will cease extensively researching and move forward with the revision process so that our WIP will one day grace the desk of our dream agent.

5.      We have admitted to ourselves, and our fellow writers, our flaws—and will make a conscious effort not to indulge our WIP obsession until we have made at least one submission.

6.      We acknowledge that we are ready to move forward and tackle our enormous pile of WIPs—by focusing on them one at a time.

7.      We offer chocolate, caffeine, and other indulgent gifts to our muse in exchange for urging us onward toward our publication goal.

8.      We have made a list of the WIPs being neglecting, and are now willing to make amends.

9.      We will continue to move forward with our neglected WIPs, admitting freely when the urge to start another surfaces.

10.  We will, through chocolate and coffee, improve our relationship with our muse, begging for her/his knowledge and guidance.

11.  We will not make excuses.

12.  We will, having had an awakening of epic proportions due to these steps, go forth and spread this message to all other WIPaholics


So what about you?  How many WIPS does your brain have churning and burning at once?  Is your idea file taking over your hard drive?  It’s okay to admit it.  Strength in numbers and all that.  Remember…





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