My First Love & My Other Obsession

Welcome to this week’s Marketing for Romance Writing’s 52-week Blog Challenge. The topic is My First Love. This—as most posts seem to do–took a little pondering. Would this be about my husband of 22+ years? Or would I talk about my love of reading? My twins? Scuff? Scruff, of course, voted for himself, since he thinks he should always be the main topic of conversation. 

There are many things that come to mind when I think about my first love, but one thing kept returning to my mind. That thing is writing. But after comparing writing to the other things that competed to be chosen as my first love, writing seemed to be a little different. Some might go as far as to say, it’s kind of an obsession. 

First Love or Obsession?

To help me determine if writing is a first love, or an obsession. I immediately sought out the all-knowing source. A dictionary. Of course I did, I’m a writer. Even though I rely on the online dictionaries and definitions nowadays, I still couldn’t bear to part with any of my old tattered dictionaries. Ahh, the joy of a dictionary and a thesaurus. What more does a girl need? But, I digress…
Now, for those of you who’ve been around since the time of paperback dictionaries, your thoughts might’ve immediately went to a person. Something portrayed in old movies like Fatal Attraction, or Single White Female, when you think of obsession. And you would be right since one definition of obsession is, “An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.”  Although this definition confirms my suspicions.

I’m Obsessed With Writing

Those of you who’ve been brave (or foolish) enough to read my blog before and then return might sigh sigh now as you see writing processme stepping upon the train that drives me right away from the topic at hand. But actually, I’m not. Well, not really. Kind-of. Maybe…

You see, I initially thought I’d discuss how I wrote stories as a young child. I’d envision a tale similar to Dr. Dolittle where the animals talked. But then as I considered the years that followed I realized writing had crept into most areas of my life. And that even when I thought I might as well stop writing because I didn’t have time, or I didn’t have the support or I’d become disheartened—I couldn’t.

Because I couldn’t stop thinking about stories and writing them in my mind, and let me tell you, there’s only so much room in the mind before those stories just have to spill out on the paper. Now if I was talking about a person in this same context, you might tell me, that’s not love, that’s an obsession.

I Won’t Say I Told You So

Scruff trying to decide if his first love is toys, treats or sleeping.

I’ve talked about writing many, many times on this blog and how much I love it (See, obsession?) But even if you’re not a writer, you might find things that you become a little obsessive over in your life. Something that starts as love, then becomes more like obsession. I wrote about as much with my husband and a post about his true love.  (Hint- This isn’t about me! But it’s also not about a woman, well, not really.)

What Comes to Your Mind When You Think About First Love?

Don’t forget to fly on over to the other authors and see what they think about for their first love. Also, don’t forget that the tricks-no treats- release party prize packages extravaganza continues for the spook-tacular month of October! So stop right here to enter to win ebooks, gift cards, kindles and all kinds of treats! It’s the least I can do for making you listen to me ramble on each week.

13 thoughts on “My First Love & My Other Obsession”

  1. Robin MichaelaRobin Michaela

    Being obsessed with writing is the best kind of obsession. 🙂

  2. Marissa GarnerMarissa Garner

    I totally agree that writing can be an obsession, a good obsession. But obsessions can have a really dark side, too, as I’m finding in my research for ONLY OBSESSION. Much better to have a person in love with you than obsessed with you. 🙂

  3. Kenzie MichaelsKenzie Michaels

    LOL….in the 6th grade, I was envisioning writing my own book of Fairy Tales:)

  4. Meka JamesMeka James

    Nothing wrong with an obsession. There are worst things you could be obsessed with than writing so all’s well!

  5. Sherry LewisSherry Lewis

    I agree with Robin! I mean, what’s not to be obsessed with when it comes to writing???

  6. Helen HendersonHelen Henderson

    loved the connection with obsession. Guess there’s a lot of us with that affliction. Keep on writing.

  7. Raine BalkeraRaine Balkera

    But, obsession is such a scary word for it 😉
    Loved your post, Maureen! Thanks for sharing

  8. Ed HoornaertEd Hoornaert

    I’m sure I’m in the minority. When I’m not on the trail of my latest messterpiece, deep into the first act or maybe the second, I definitely get obsessed with the characters and the world. In between times I’m often glad when I have no writing that needs doing.

  9. Mary J. McCoy-DresselMary J. McCoy-Dressel

    I agree with the other authors. A writing obsession is a good thing. Scruff is adorable!

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