Compelled to Write

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Abandoned

Featured Review on this writing by Danni Lee

It is like an addiction, this urge to write. So strong and demanding that everything else in your life seems so less important when you are doing it.

“Come in David and have a seat.”  The female psychiatrist said as she opened the door to her office.
The young man walked in and flopped down into a chair completely avoiding looking at the other woman in the room.
“David your sister has been telling me somethings, but I want to hear from you.”
“What my big sis told you I’m crazy.  Did she tell you I missed my mom’s funeral because I was busy writing?  Maybe she mentioned that I spend hours alone in my room writing.”
“There is no need to be defensive David, I’m here to help and this is a safe place.”
“I don’t want to be here.  She dragged me here and is forcing me to meet you so I am, but I’m not going help you lock me away.”
“I’m not going to lock you away David.  Your sister doesn’t want you locked up either she is just concerned.”
“I’m fine.  I like to write so what is the problem?”
“David the problem is you seem obsessed with writing.  You admitted just now to missing your mother’s funeral to write.  Your sister has told me other occasions where you have missed important events just to write.”
“You wouldn’t understand, you don’t know what it is like.”
“Explain it to me David, please.”
“It is like an itch you can’t scratch.  It starts small, but it grows and grows until it is all you can think about.  Once you give in everything else fades away and you feel so good.  When you are writing it seems like no time is passing you are in your own little world, just you and the words.”
“What do you do with all these writings of yours David?”
“Some I post online.  Writing sites, bulletin boards, blogs I have stuff on all kinds of sites.”
“Why do you post your stuff online David?”
“It is part of it.  Once I write something, I need to show people.  It isn’t like I want to be famous or anything, I just need to post it.”
“David have you ever heard the term hypergraphia?”
The young man shakes his head.
“It is a condition which causes the person with it to write or draw, even paint excessively.  There have been many famous people with this condition.”
“So how do I get rid of it?  How do I have a normal life?”
“There is no cure David, there are medications that will help control it, but only a little.”
David’s head dropped and he began to cry.  His sister moved over and hugged him.

Submitted: January 07, 2021

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Serge Wlodarski

When summer gets here, my golf obsession will provide temporary relief from my writing obsession.

Thu, January 7th, 2021 2:53pm


I wonder if shirks have come up with a name for the obsession with hitting a little ball with a club.

Thu, January 7th, 2021 8:05am

Danni Lee

I love this one and now I wonder what I am doing here writing. Am I infected?

Sun, January 10th, 2021 11:31am

Danni Lee

I love this one and now I wonder what I am doing here writing. Am I infected?

Sun, January 10th, 2021 11:32am


I think all writers have some level of hypergraphia. I thank you for reading and comment Dannii.

Sun, January 10th, 2021 4:26am


Writing is like that at times you start writing and can't stop until I have too, however I don't always have to write I either read a lot which is what I'm doing right now not so much of the writing at this time.

Tue, February 2nd, 2021 5:47am


I have never missed any important family event to write, but I have missed things because I was writing and didn't want to stop.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Sat, February 6th, 2021 3:31am

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