In 1999 I made the mistake of buying a computer for my then boyfriend to play a game on. The game was called Everquest.

Cue my descent into complete and utter obsession. I rolled an enchanter and proceeded to level the crap out of her. I joined the best guild I could and started raiding. For those of you who don’t know, back in those days raiding (killing the biggest meanest monsters) consisted of up to 72 people co-ordinating attacks for up to 12 hours at a time. Sometimes, in the early days, we’d camp in the North Temple of Veeshan for 16 or so hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Yes, those are real hours.

Since Everquest, I’ve played Everquest 2, World of Warcraft, Vanguard, Dungeons and Dragons, Lord of the Rings Online, Age of Conan, Warhammer Online, Aion, Rift, and soon Guild Wars 2. It’s also possible I’ve left a few games out of the list.

The point is, Gaming, though I love it, is my nemesis. I can rarely seem to balance my gaming and my writing.  The OCD part of me takes over and I just have to have the best things and kill everything in sight!

I’ve been known to spend four days with approximately 4 hours sleep so I could hit level cap first. Yes, I need help.

Which is why I don’t play to that level anymore. When Guild Wars 2 comes out, I’m really going to try and balance my gaming with my writing. Because I refuse to give up my writing again. I’ve finally got myself to a good writing place in my head. And I plan to stay there.

However, these games give me a plethora of ideas. More than I can contain. They help my writing, if only I can control the urge to obsess about them.

Wish me luck, because that Mesmer up there looks damn tempting.

Do you have a writing nemesis like this? Something you have to be very careful not to let distract you too much?