Thursday, 4 March 2004

"As for examples of writer's block, the strange thing is how paradoxically eloquent many writers are in describing their block. Because a block is often very genre-specific, as anyone knows who has felt blocked on a big paper and has procrastinated by writing long e-mails." Or blogging. Sigh. "As for treating writer's block, there is much more consensus among people who have it that it needs treatment. And there is a long history of writers self-medicating, usually not very successfully, with everything from alcohol to coffee to amphetamines." Ah well, while i go get me some coffee, you go read this interview about hypergraphia and its opposite, writer's block, with Alice Weaver Flaherty, the author of The Midnight Disease.

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