When You Know You Have Cacoethes Scribendi

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A curious term and I don’t remember how I stumbled onto it.  Showed up the same time I found ‘Idiot Plot’ and ‘Eucatastrophe’.  I’ll admit that it could be a silly term I ran into, but it rings so true.  So, how do you know that you suffer from this?

  1. Do you write entire paragraphs in soap bubbles in the shower and take pictures with your phone?  Cacoethes Scribendi might be for you.
  2. Do you get irritable or downright psychotic if you go for a few days without writing anything?  Cacoethes Scribendi has your name on it.
  3. Do you have a notepad attached to the steering wheel of your car in case the music inspires you?  Cacoethes Scribendi, and a driving recklessly ticket, are on the way.
  4. Do you own enough pens, markers, and pencils to fully stock a school district for an entire year?  This might just be product specific hoarding.
  5. Do you try to use text messages with friends to create realistic dialogues that you plan to use in your book?  Cacoethes Scribendi is here!  Also, your friends want to have an intervention.
  6. Do you write notes and outlines if you can’t get to book writing regardless of your situation?  Cacoethes Scribendi is on your side.  Now, put the paper down and answer the priest’s question.
  7. Do you only eat foods that can be devoured through a straw in order to keep your hands free to write?  Cacoethes Scribendi wants to speak with you.
  8. Do you maintain a blog in order to keep some level of writing in your life?  Cacoethes Scribendi is getting personal now.
  9. Do your shopping lists get out of hand and make no sense because they become eating scenes for your book?  Cacoethes Scribendi is your friend . . . It’s also hungry, so get to the store.
  10. Have you given up reading this post because it’s taking you away from your writing just like the family you vaguely remember?  Cacoethes Scribendi agrees and isn’t sorry for what it’s done.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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18 Responses to When You Know You Have Cacoethes Scribendi

  1. Clever post. I just finished writing for the day, so I can savor it.


  2. L. Marie says:

    You have the most interesting posts! I keep a supply of scrap paper handy to write notes on. I have a ton of pens and blank journals.


  3. Very good, Charles. Guilty ten times over.


  4. Finally! A diagnosis for what ails me!!

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  5. Pingback: When You Know You Have Cacoethes Scribendi by Charles Yallowitz – DEEZ – News about Art, Books & more

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