Did anybody else catch the interview on Morning Edition Thursday with Alice Flaherty, author of The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block and the Creative Brain?
It turns out that this urge to tell the world every little thing that’s on our mind is a disease and it actually has a name, hypergraphia. “Compulsive writing” (and I always thought it was just being prolific) is actually a sign of flawed brain chemistry. The take-home message of the piece: it’s a lot better than writer’s block, but if you’re up past midnight scribbling away, you’re not well.
Well I could have told you that.
As I write this, it’s 12:36 am, and I’ve been going hard since the morning, racing to Newark and Jersey City and then Montclair, and I’d finally caught up on e-mails, turned off the computer and climbed into bed when I remembered hearing this story on NPR. And I just had to make sure that everybody in Blog World knew about it.
The question on the table: If staying up past midnight writing is a disease, then is the fact that thousands of people are now up posting to the blogosphere an epidemic? I’m too tired to check the CDC. But check out the story on NPR and tell me what you think.