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The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer's Block, and the Creative Brain Kindle Edition
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If I write for publication, though, I go through the usual process of proofing before proofing, editing before editing, and so on.
The thing that most surprised me was that, through the deluge of words, I was unconsciously becoming a better writer. A more creative writer. I didn't notice it, wasn't aware of any change. But the members of my audiences noticed. They wrote me to tell me that my normally dry prose, always researched-to-death and accurate, was lyrical and poetic and a joy to read. Somehow, as Dr. Flaherty had "predicted," creativity had been awakened.
Flaherty goes beyond the disorder, of course, and into the neurological pathways of the creative mind; exploring the how's and why's. If you've hypergraphia, or know someone who has been diagnosed with the disorder, this is the only "must read" that I know of.
Finally, I doubt that I would have been so taken in by Flaherty's style if I didn't have the disorder. While hypergraphia is all about the writing, I had to make some adjustments to the way that I read. The only way that I've been able to explain that, and it's not something that all with hypergraphia relate to, is that it feels as if I've gone from the staccato of rapid-fire reading to a more relaxed, floating down the slower-running river style. I don't read any more slowly but it feels as if I'm taking in more, hearing with more clarity.
Finally, and this is disorder-oriented, I think, I've gained a greater understanding of the sensuality of words, phrases, sentences and paragraphs. I have a difficult time explaining that, too. Sentences that aren't easily diagrammed seem to have more impact. Words and phrases that are sensual on the tongue – Tolkien's "cellar door" – are also neurologically sensual.
I think that anyone interested in writing and creativity will love the book. It's not only about the disorder; it uses the disorder to explain a process. Can the book help you conquer writer's block and gain (or regain) a heightened sense of creativity? It's possible. It's certainly possible.
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