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When Your OCD Therapy is Also a Treatment for Writers’ Block

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Between subway stops on the F train, on my way to see a psychopharmacologist for a headache I'd had for six months, I received another rejection from another agent for yet another draft of my book proposal. I couldn't not cry in front of the psychopharmacologist. “I quit,” I told her, having told her this before. “I'll apply to law school or marry the wrong person.” “Before you quit,” the psychopharmacologist offered, “get treated for obsessive-compulsive disorder.” For what? I didn't have that. I had Scrivener. But the psychopharmacologist believed that it wasn't Scrivener (a software equivalent of having three hundred browser tabs open at once) and that I didn't have writer's block—I had a mental illness. Her evidence: It took me eleven to write and rewrite one book. Because: I write one sentence and then write three to eighteen alternate sentences for that sentence. Or rather, […]

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