Hypergraphia — Is Writing Addicting?

Nicole Hilbig
Nov 23, 2021
Blurred hands typing on keyboard. Black background. Hypergraphia.
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“Hypergraphia is essentially the opposite of writer’s block. It’s driven, compulsive writing“

In 2004, the neurologist Alice W. Flaherty wrote a book about her experiences with manic hypergraphia. She explains:

“The sight of a computer keyboard or a blank page gave me the same rush that drug addicts get from seeing their freebasing paraphernalia.”

It’s like you’re an obsessive, insane writer with a manic urge to write.

You have so much energy, you can’t do anything but write:

  • the words just gush out of you,
  • your hand is constantly typing, writing or painting incessantly,
  • even on toilet paper,
  • your head is full of words, ideas and thoughts that you cannot control,
  • writing makes you feel inspired and as good as never before.

This can go on for several weeks until you fall into a deep state of exhaustion.

Has this happened to you before?



Nicole Hilbig

I love learning and writing about the changes in our digital era. My topics are future, work, productivity, writing, education & personal stories.