The 12 Steps of Writing

My Name is Tammy and I am a Writer

Sep 9 · 2 min read
Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

We admitted we were powerless over our addiction and compulsion to write. Our lives are unmanageable due to constant thinking about story and imaginary worlds.

We came to believe a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. We free our unconscious with freewriting and letting go meditations from our spirit guides.

We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the nurturing of writing.

We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves and list these obsessions and write about them…obsessively.

We admitted to the page, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs usually during a writing breaks and published on Twitter and Instagram.

We were entirely ready to have our own defects of character fuel character development to be able to face versions of ourselves on the page.

We humbly ask the universe to remove our shortcomings and have it show up as imposter syndrome or as a flaw in the character we are writing.

We made a list of all people and situations which have harmed us and punish them in a kaleidoscope of ways on the page.

We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admit it to only our writing community or the page.

We seek through meditation and freewriting to improve our contact with the subconscious, the place where the magic happens.

We had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Writers Anonymous

Through the 12 Steps, people learn how to cope with addiction, avoid triggers and live writing lives. Critique group members admit their powerlessness over imagination, examine past mistakes and use them to fuel story and make amends with those they’ve wronged. Each meeting, they share support and learn ways to apply the 12-step principles to their lives.

The goal is to help members experience a spiritual awakening, to change the world through the written word. Writing is an addiction that cannot be overcome.

Meetings often are held in online spaces. They offer a forum for individuals to share their story, including past struggles and triumphs, with those in similar situations. Together, participants learn and work together.

Tammy Breitweiser

Written by

Tammy is force of nature; woman of honor; seer of nuance; ultra runner and ultra reader; & an accidental inspirationalist who writes.

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade