The Cafe That Helps You Beat Writer’s Block

From a Wall Street Journal story by Suryatapa Bhattacharya headlined “The Cafe That Helps Beat Writer’s Block—by Fining You $22”:

TOKYO—At the Manuscript Writing Cafe, people on a deadline pay to put themselves under the gaze of a manager in hopes of curing writer’s block.

Joe Sasanuma, a lawyer at a technology company, is under orders from his publisher to complete a legal book by the end of the year. Alas, the words to explain the contractual obligations of cloud-computing providers haven’t flowed effortlessly. So Mr. Sasanuma has been visiting the cafe.