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Seven Psychopaths Spur Drunken, Blocked Screenwriter to Script Completion

In the movie Seven Psychopaths, Colin Farrell plays Marty, an alcoholic screenwriter who is unable to write his next screenplay. All he has been able to come up with is a title: “Seven Psychopaths.” Fortunately he manages to meet seven … 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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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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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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For the blocked writer, “Just write!” is usually not good advice…nor a great movie

When you fall off the writing wagon, you may hear a well-meaning friend, colleague, family member or mentor tell you to “Just Write!” This is a version of the Nike credo, “Just Do It!” People say this when they don’t … Continue reading

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It Takes a Long Time for a Windbag to be Brief

Lord Polonius states in Shakespeare’s Hamlet that ‘brevity is the soul of wit,’ though Polonius himself was actually quite a windbag. My blog’s Spartan 300 word average is built in protection against the sin of windbaggery, so why does it … Continue reading

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Another blocked writer is cured by a blond actress in ‘The Best Man’

It’s the same old story: a boy writer gets big advance for his promising first novel, develops writers block, becomes a klutz, and subsequently can’t pee in public restrooms. Then klutz boy meets pretty girl and falls in love, but … Continue reading

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Young Adults: what can a drunken Charlize Theron tell us about about the challenges of the writer’s life?

OK, here we have another movie with a writer protagonist who is behind schedule on her book and struggling with an industrial-sized  buffet of personal problems. The burning question for the viewer is: will she solve her problems and finish … Continue reading

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Rejection (real or imagined), dumb thumbs-down, and writing blocks

When ancient gladiators like Russell Crowe fought in the Colosseum in  Rome, receiving a “thumbs down” from the Emperor meant a horrific death by spikes, battle axes and lions’ teeth. As brutal as that was, a gladiator’s life is a … Continue reading

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Jason Schwartzman succumbs to Second Novel Syndrome in “Bored to Death.”

In the HBO series Bored to Death, we have another blocked writer protagonist getting into trouble, week after week. Jason Schwartzman, like David Duchovney in Californication, plays a blocked writer who overdoes it on the drugs and alcohol, has been dumped by the girl he … Continue reading

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