Linden, Eugene.  Affluence and Discontent
New York: 1979
ISBN 0670239437

Page 33

There was also a rule of thumb concerning writers. To wit: that the writer who stayed six months in Tahiti might finish a novel; two years, and he might write a chapter; ten years, and he wouldn’t write a line. Both these dictums fall into the general category of decline referred to as Pacific Paralysis.