I’m Writing a Recovery Book

When I was new to recovery, I joked with my therapist that everybody who achieves long-term sobriety ends up writing a book. Perhaps this was cleverly masking my actual desire to do the same. I’ve always wanted to write lengthy projects like books or even eBooks, not on sobriety of course. Looking back on the last month and a half, I’ve written about two pages a day for 40 days… a little over 80 pages, probably. Considering most “light reads” are between 200 and 250 pages, I’d be almost half way there if I was writing consistently about the same subject.

My desire to write a book on recovery isn’t to capitalize on alcoholic’s misery, which is what I told my therapist I saw most of these authors doing. I want to write one because when I was trying to sober up and I was reading a half-dozen books on the subject, they were all completely full of crap. I read a thousand pages of wishful thinking and rose-colored obliviousness that did absolutely nothing to help me. The worst of the worst was “The 30 Day Sobriety Solution” by that hack who writes the “Chicken Soup…” books. It basically amounted to “if you wish hard enough, you’ll get sober”. If that has worked for any of you, please let me know in the comments. I’ll hold my breath.

I’m excited to start. I know it will be a lengthy process and most of what I write probably won’t even make it into a first draft. I’ll probably get as much out of it as a hypothetical reader would because it will teach me so much about the writing process. Nelson has recommended a few books on writing that I intend to check out once I’m paid again (so much for not buying more books until I finish my current hoard!)

Lastly I wanted to thank everyone who wrote positive comments yesterday, it really cheered me up and I finished the day strong! The general consensus is that I need to stop beating myself up for not being busy 24/7 and just take some time to relax. I’m taking that advice this week. There are still a few things I want to do just to keep a streak going (reading and of course my classes) but my workload will be considerably lighter. I feel much better today, more confident and optimistic. I also have my therapy appointment after work which I always look forward to. Now that I’m well into my recovery, our sessions are mainly just musing about life which I don’t really have anybody to do that with.

Hope everyone has an awesome day!

21 thoughts on “I’m Writing a Recovery Book

  1. Good luck! It would be cool if you could document your writing journey πŸ˜€
    Just a friendly reminder, if you wish to sell the work on Amazon Kindle, it might be safer not to publish the actual writing on WordPress. WordPress.com has some weird rules on licensing in the user policy, and it may interfere with Amazon Kindle’s licensing terms 😦

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    1. I went for my first two months but I didn’t fit in. I think there are people who need the 12 steps in order to not drink but I am lucky to be able to just change my lifestyle on my own. I’m not against them and I always tell people to try them out if they’re trying to get sober because they might get a lot out of it. Sitting around talking about drinking made me feel weird. Now I don’t really think about it at all. I can’t imagine going to meetings every day and talking about alcohol.

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    1. Really sorry for that not-well-thought-out comment (implying that everyone will have grandkids).
      I guess what I meant in more general terms is that I love memoir-style books, and think it makes for interesting history.

      What’s your book going to be like?

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      1. Lol, I fell asleep pretty early yesterday so never got back to you! To answer your question, I’d like to present more of a clinical look at alcoholism. I’ve seen so many books that are just like “here’s how I got sober” and while those are interesting to read and do help people see that they might be alcoholic, I don’t think it really helps anyone recover. I want to go more in depth on the different treatment methods available, as well as a little bit of my story just for context, but not like “THIS IS HOW YOU GET SOBER”.

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  2. Man, I’ve started the Audible version of that stupid 30 Day Solution about 10 times in the past few years but never got past a day or two. It’s nonsense. I’ve been reading a bunch of quit-lit lately, though, and definitely think there’s room for some more diverse voices in the genre. How’s the writing coming?

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