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Definition: Also known as cheirospasm/chirospasm and graphospasm: writer’s cramp, I.e. the hand cramps that happen when one has been writing “long-hand” for a while without taking a break. Sometimes, the term mogigraphia is used to describe a creative difficulty in writing, as well.

Pronunciation: moh-GEE-graff-FEE-ya


From Greek “mogis” (meaning “with difficulty”), and “graph” (meaning “writing”).

Why this word?

Though nowadays I write most of… well, just about everything, on my computer, I still have a habit of copying down drabbles and ideas into a paper notebook from the Word document I keep on my laptop. It’s a habit/paranoid compulsion that’s lingered over from when I was in high school (forever and ever ago).

Despite the ubiquity of Wi-Fi, there are (thankfully) some places left in the world that you can’t, or shouldn’t, knowingly bring a computer. Mobile devices aren’t any better– Get too far away from a cell tower? Battery gets too low, and there’s not an outlet in sight? Your fancy tablet or smartphone is reduced to nothing more than a shiny paperweight.

And, there’s never any guarantee that one’s believed-to-be “dependable” computer won’t crash and destroy all of its stored data one day.

So, I copy down my updated bits of unpublished writing in long-hand every few weeks or so. But, because I’m still more proficient in typing on a keyboard, my hand seizes up with awful mogigraphia if I don’t pace myself.

How do you use this word in a sentence?

Example: “The invention of the typewriter was a godsend blessing to all writers who fought against terrible mogigraphia.”


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Written by Veronica Jacobs

Veronica Jacobs is a fiction writer, blogger, academic editor, and sci-fi enthusiast. Currently working freelance (with a background in English Literature), she spends most of her time writing.


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