“During the holidays,” Ms. Kelly said, “when I started interacting with people again, I kept struggling to come up with basic words, like the defogger on my car. It felt like the gears were not oiled.” But this doesn’t happen when writing. “It feels like speaking a word aloud pulls from different parts of the brain from typing at the computer,” she said.
Domenica Ruta, author of the memoir “With or Without You,” seconded that discomfort. Ms. Ruta, who puts her phone on “do not disturb” mode while she is writing (she missed an initial call to interview her because of this function), said she was “becoming more and more inarticulate about my emotional state” in speech.