Category Archives: Writing for money

Can a shrink, a dog, and a stripper cure a writing block? Yes, if “The Dog Problem” can be believed.

Perhaps inadvisably, I often watch movies about blocked writers as I search for new and effective strategies for helping writers write. The archetype of the blocked writer must be universally compelling because there are literally scads of these movies in circulation. … Continue reading

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Writer’s block may pay off after you’re dead – if you can write about it.

At a recent Sotheby’s auction, a short letter written by Franz Kafka to the poet Albert Ehrenstein was sold for $74,500 dollars. In the letter, Kafka complains about his writer’s block. Luckily his block wasn’t so bad that couldn’t write a … Continue reading

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Deadlines that don’t mess around: High Noon at the keyboard

There are deadlines that make it hard not to notice the word ‘dead’ in ‘deadline.’ In the classic movie High Noon, the noon train is coming and Gary Cooper decides to risk his life, and his marriage to meet the … Continue reading

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Writing’s not easy in The Big Easy: John Goodman is blocked in “Treme”

Typically, when a protagonist has a writing block, it means he/she will have to face adversity, resolve inner conflicts, grow and learn, then find love and write again. Not so for John Goodman in the first season of the HBO … Continue reading

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There’s gold in them fingers!

Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond series of spy novels, sold 40 million copies of his books before he died in 1964. He wrote a book a year for the last 12 years of his life, including Goldfinger and the children’s … Continue reading

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Young Will has the ‘lose a muse blues’

Shakespeare in Love is another good writer’s block movie. Young Will, as played by Joseph Fiennes, starts out the movie with no inspiration, a fickle girlfriend/muse, and plenty of pressure from the theater owner who depends on Shakespeare’s plays to … Continue reading

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