Category Archives: Famous writers

Barton Fink Blocks in Hollywood

In the Coen brothers movie Barton Fink, the main character (John Turturro) experiences some success as a socially relevant, intellectual playwright in NYC, who prides himself with addressing the plight of the common man in his art. When he is offered quite … Continue reading

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Psychosomatic Symptoms and Writing

Sometimes the desire to write is strong, but the body won’t cooperate.  Psychosomatic blocks interfere with the writing process when unconscious psychological conflicts manifest as physical symptoms that prevent writing. Michael Douglas is a frequently stoned, dissolute English professor who struggles … Continue reading

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Californication: Season One

David Duchovny stars in the TV series, “Californication” as a blocked writer with a variety of interpersonal and emotional challenges. The first season of this series depicts a talented, successful author with impulse control issues who hasn’t written for years despite the … Continue reading

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“The Words” – a story of a blocked writer telling a story about a plagiarized story.

The Words is a story in which Dennis Quaid, who lost his wife, gives a reading of his novel about a writer, Bradley Cooper, who finds and copies Jeremy Irons’ lost novel about losing his wife. Bradley then has enormous … Continue reading

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Writing Blocks and Orchid Screenplays: How Do You Do Something You Don’t Know How to Do?

To grow and develop as a writer you need to face challenges and problems that are new. This means plunging into projects that you do not have a clear road map for, and somehow trusting that you will find your … Continue reading

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Herman Melville’s Moby Block – a whale of a writing problem

For months before writing the one of the greatest novels in American literary history, Moby Dick, Herman Melville was blocked. Like Ahab’s obsession with the white whale, Melville’s literary ambitions consumed him, but he wasn’t producing.  According to Elizabeth Renker, … Continue reading

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Allen Ginsberg Howl-ed his way out of writer’s block

During a period in the mid 1950′s, after he had moved to San Francisco, poet Allen Ginsberg suffered from a year-long writer’s block. He was profoundly unhappy working at an ad agency, and wasn’t writing. Finally, his therapist recommended that he do … Continue reading

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Czech supermodel annihilates Magnum PI’s gnarly writer’s block in “Her Alibi”

In certain rare instances, an intractable, pernicious writing block that torments a writer is actually serving a greater good. Like sparing the reading nation from enduring additional books from an author who might better have left them unwritten. Tom Selleck … Continue reading

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Multiple dead albatrosses hanging around multiple writers’ necks in the movie “Albatross”

Samuel Coleridge is credited with introducing the phrase  “having an albatross around your neck” into the vernacular with his poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” Interestingly, Coleridge was also one of the first documented cases of severe writer’s block. Coincidence? I … Continue reading

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A violent, philandering, misogynistic Sean Connery slugs his way out of writer’s block in “A Fine Madness”

One important lesson you learn by watching A Fine Madness , is that you better not mess around with your psychiatrist’s wife. In his portrayal of a wild, rage-aholic, blocked poet named Samson,  Sean Connery does just this (in a hot tub … Continue reading

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