This one's for Fred.
Like me, have you ever wondered where the drive to write comes from? The compulsion to compose? Some comfort may come in knowing, once again, we are not alone. I first heard about "The Midnight Disease" on Diane Rehm's NPR program. It's worth listening to again. The following is from the Boston Globe.
In her new book, "The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer's Block and the Creative Brain," Dr. Alice Flaherty, a Harvard neurologist, lays out all that neurology has discovered about the artist's brain, from the strange profusion of literary giants with temporal lobe epilepsy to the composer Dmitry Shostakovich's certainty that musical notes radiated from a piece of shrapnel lodged in his brain.
Hypergraphia -- a term used by doctors to describe the overwhelming desire to write -- and its agonizing opposite, writer's block, are the focus of Flaherty's research. The drive to create, Flaherty concludes, is not the same thing as literary talent
Being deprived of creativity is actually very painful for a lot of people. It's a horrible feeling. They're like border collies that can't chase sheep. They're so full of this energy that can't go anywhere.