Gardener's block? Let's try that: "I simply can't mow this lawn; I don't know where to start! How do you cut grass anyway?" It's impossible to imagine.
Women who write are as blood-curdlingly ambitious for fame, acclaim and money as the next person, and just as desperate to get their name plastered... across their book jacket.
Wharton's own life, so comfortable that she secretly bailed out Henry James in his old age. He never knew. I've always admired her for that.
Of course writing can bring fame, fortune, opprobrium, imprisonment, even death or the threat of death, and that would bloody well change you. But merely speaking can also do some of those things.