From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- The obsessive compulsion to write books.
- The name of various surrealist technique, see entoptic graphomania
According to Kundera, graphomania is the groundless claim, sometimes being large-scale, of being a writer:
- "The irresisitable proliferation of graphomania among politicians, taxi drivers, childbearers, lovers, murderers, thieves, prostitutes, officials, doctors, and patients shows me that everyone without exception bears a potential writer within him, so that the entire human species has good reason to go down the streets and shout: 'We are all writers!'" --The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
When a woman asked Charles Bukowski "Will I disturb your writing if I vacuum?" Bukowski supposedly answered "Nothing can disturb my writing, it’s a disease."
- “Both [Quills and Marquis] get inside de Sade’s urge to write no matter what, using sheets and his own blood, although Marquis makes far less melodramatic fuss about the frustrated creative urge than Quills does.” --Richard Scheib
Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing
- These are the three questions most often posed to writers, both by readers and by themselves: Who are you writing for? Why do you do it? Where does it come from? …
- Here then is the list:
- … To pass the time, even though it would have passed anyway. Graphomania. Compulsive logorrhea. Because I was driven to it by some force outside my control. Because I was possessed. Because an angel dictated to me. Because I fell into the embrace of the Muse. Because I got pregnant by the Muse and needed to give birth to a book …
And ‘to pass the time’ reminds us of Borges who notes:
- “I do not write for a select minority, which means nothing to me, nor for that adulated platonic entity known as ‘The Masses’. Both abstractions, so dear to the demagogue, I disbelieve in. I write for myself and for my friends, and I write to ease the passing of time.” — Introduction to The Book of Sand
- Restif de la Bretonne
- the case of the Marquis de Sade, best illustrated in the 2000 film Quills.
- Polygraphe (auteur)