Is the cure for writer’s block Prozac?Posted by in Madness and Creativity
I’ve been reading Strong Imagination, Madness, Creativity, and Human Nature, by Daniel Nettle. He suggests that to begin the monumental undertaking of writing a novel, in the face of overwhelming odds of failure, authors need to have hypomania, a mentality of boiling confidence and breathtaking vision.
Anathema to this outlook is a case of the glums. “Depression slows imagination, decreases resolve, and lowers the sights.” Some days, writing feels like dragging a plow across fields salted with trash novels, and any decrease in burning passion makes the labors seem insane—and likely rightly so.
Prior to reading this, I thought writer’s block would most often collapse on an author as a result of poor plot outlining. But perhaps depression is the true villain, stealing an author’s drive and willpower to go on in the face of impossibilities.
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