Midnight Disease The Drive to Write, Writer's Block, and the Creative Brain

ISBN-10: 0618485414
ISBN-13: 9780618485413
Edition: 2005
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Description: Why is it that some writers struggle for months to come up with the perfect sentence or phrase while others, hunched over a keyboard deep into the night, seem unable to stop writing? In The Midnight Disease, neurologist Alice W. Flaherty explores  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 1/18/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Why is it that some writers struggle for months to come up with the perfect sentence or phrase while others, hunched over a keyboard deep into the night, seem unable to stop writing? In The Midnight Disease, neurologist Alice W. Flaherty explores the mysteries of literary creativity: the drive to write, what sparks it, and what extinguishes it. She draws on intriguing examples from medical case studies and from the lives of writers, from Franz Kafka to Anne Lamott, from Sylvia Plath to Stephen King. Flaherty, who herself has grappled with episodes of compulsive writing and block, also offers a compelling personal account of her own experiences with these conditions.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Hypergraphia: The Incurable Disease of Writing
Literary Creativity and Drive
Writer's Block as State of Mind
Writer's Block as Brain State
How We Write: The Cortex
Why We Write: The Limbic System
Metaphor, the Inner Voice, and the Muse
References
Illustration Credits
Index

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