Category Archives: Famous writers

Walking the Talk

Not long ago I took a tour of Tor House in Carmel, California, the stone dwelling of the great poet Robinson Jeffers. During part of the tour the guide described how his wife Una would hear him pacing in his office … Continue reading

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Make a New Plan, Stan

Paul Simon’s song 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover begins with the words “The problem’s all inside your head she said to me.” Paul is writing about the challenges of leaving a lover, and in the chorus he makes the recommendation,“Make a new plan, … Continue reading

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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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