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

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - 307 Seiten
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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.

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Nutzerbericht  - et.carole - LibraryThing

Though it took me more than two years to read, this is an amazing book. It was the first genuinely fascinating nonfiction book I had read, and has inspired me to read more nonfiction since then. Flaherty brilliantly presents all possible angles on her subject, and is a delight to read. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - elle-kay - LibraryThing

Haven't completely finished it yet, but an amazing look into the creative mind. As a writer (or writer-wannabe), I'm still intrigued by the brain's inner workings to produce creative material and ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Über den Autor (2005)

A. W. Flaherty is a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital who also teaches at Harvard Medical School. She is the author of The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer's Block, and the Creative Brain. A. W. lives with her husband and twin daughters near Boston.

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