Coffee and a Muffin

What Every Student Needs to Know: How to Beat Writer's Block

Yet I can't help thinking that Flaherty's carefully compiled lists of symptoms read suspiciously like DSM material. Maybe its next edition could declare both writer's block and hypergraphia as legitimate psychiatric conditions. Just think of the implications. Blocked writers could argue that under the Americans With Disabilities Act they can't be fired by their editors for failing to produce or for missing a deadline (hint, hint). An official diagnosis in the DSM would also spur pharmaceutical firms to research possible treatment alternatives. Insurance companies would be compelled to cover costs. Is it too far-fetched to imagine that soon we might have a pill that can unblock writers and let them reach their true potential?

Not soon enough for me, in any case. I wonder what's on TV right now. Ooh! Adaptation! Sweet.

illustration: Matthew Martin



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