20 Symptoms of Writeritis | Myths of the Mirror

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Here’s a fun post from Diana Peach – 20 Symptoms of Writeritis, which I’m sure many of us can relate to.

20 Symptoms of Writeritis


This 2-yr-old post was one of my most popular, and for those who missed it, I once again share the symptoms of this incurable condition.


As some of you know, a pervasive syndrome has troubled a segment of society for centuries. After years of research, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders finally classified these symptoms under the diagnosis: Writeritis. 

Writeritis is defined as a persistent, maladaptive pattern of writing that leads to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by six (or more) of the following within a single month:

  1. A marked craving for increased amounts of writing, and longer periods of time to write.

  2. An unquenchable thirst for coffee.

  3. Repeated efforts to cut down or control word count are unsuccessful.

  4. Withdrawal occurs when writing is discontinued or suddenly reduced. Symptoms include shakiness, moodiness, and/or irritability.

  5. A tendency to rapidly relapse into extreme patterns of excessive rewriting – even after periods of abstinence or control.

  6. After writing, a compulsive urge to return and edit.

  7. An inability to initiate household chores until a plot hole is resolved.

  8. A clinically significant preoccupation with the motivations of imaginary people.

  9. Obsessive attempts to manipulate and control the lives of main characters.

  10. A tendency to forget the time, fail to make dinner, and/or eat in general.

Continue reading more writing ailments . . .



Source: 20 Symptoms of Writeritis | Myths of the Mirror

44 thoughts on “20 Symptoms of Writeritis | Myths of the Mirror

  1. Thanks so much for sharing, Debby. What a great surprise. This is one of my favorite posts, and I just love how we all can relate, and laugh, too. Once our families adjust, it isn’t so bad, and we can live rich, fulfilling lives. 😀


  2. This is great! I’m reading with my third cup of coffee after staying up until 4 am to write a new story, sitting here trying to recover and think up new plots for my characters I know better than my neighbors!


    1. LOLLLLL Charli. Wow, that’s when I woke up, erm. should I say still tossing around in bed with a story for your Rodeo contest. I figured the only way I was going to sleep was to get it out of my head in rough draft! 🙂 🙂


    2. Thanks for taking a look at this new diagnosis, Charli. I’m guessing that you recognized yourself in the symptoms. WordPress has a great support group for this incurable condition. Happy Writing.


  3. I loved this the first time around and love it even more now. #s 8 and 12 haunted me then, but I’ve since added #s 6, 13, 17, and 18. But who am I kidding? I have ALL the symptoms of Writeritis! Thanks again to Diana for this terrific post, and to you, Deb, for the great reblog. Made my day 🙂 ♥♥


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