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

The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer's Block, and the Creative Brain
Author: Alice Weaver Flaherty
ISBN 13: 9780618485413
ISBN 10: 618485414
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: 2005-01-18
Format: Paperback
Pages: 307
List Price: $15.95

Neurologist Flaherty (Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School) explains the psychological and neuroscientific knowledge about the process of writing for a lay audience. She discusses the temporal lobe's role in "abnormal hypergraphia," an increased desire to write. She then explores psychological and neurological explanations for writer's block. The roles of the cerebral cortex in writing ability, the limbic system in the drive to communication, and the temporal lob in metaphorical thinking are examined in subsequent chapters. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Washington Post

This is a learned book. It's chock-full of information on drug use and alcohol, hallucination and vision, advice and caveats from writers of every stamp. Some of the information is poignantly practical: Hot showers and clean clothes may sometimes help writer's block, and stay away from the snooze button on your alarm because it won't help your mental state! There is the story of a child who tried, literally, to climb into a book and broke down sobbing because he couldn't. And a marvelous chapter on metaphor and inspiration, dealing with use of language and the connections between the muses who speak to writers and the divinities who have spoken (or is it our own inner voices that speak?) to our visionaries and saints. — Carolyn See