OCD & Fiction

Will I ever write a book about OCD?

I have … and I think I will again. Someday.

I spent four years working on a novel about a young woman with OCD. The story picked up after she’d already been diagnosed but before she’d found the right treatment. It was the first novel I ever wrote, and it’s quite obvious that I was figuring out how to write fiction as I went.  (Interestingly, I was figuring out OCD treatment as I went too … I started the book before I went through ERP and finished the story after ERP was over.  Needless to say, it dramatically changed the story.)  I’ve set that story aside for now, though I have been known to send it to people in the OCD community who ask nicely. 🙂

I’ve wondered if there will come a time where I will want to go back to that first novel and revise it for publication.  Maybe.  Not yet.

Meanwhile, two characters have been stirring to life in my mind: an adventurous young woman named Rowen, and her best friend Jess, a young man who is a mathematics prodigy … and who has OCD.  It will be a while till I will get to write their story, but that’s okay, I think.

For now, they are just waking up inside of me, yawning, stretching out like satisfied kittens, blithely unaware of what tortures lie ahead.


(But to have a book at all requires conflict. The poor, sweet lambs! I have been known to cry over the situations I get my characters into.)

Meanwhile, Truest.  My final edits are due SOON. (Note: final developmental edits … there will still be copyediting ahead.)

OCD and fiction

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