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Scared Straight

The Shining is a good “scared straight” movie for writers engaged in the procrastination/binge cycle. Jack Nicholson portrays a school teacher who takes a caretaker job at a closed resort in the mountains because he wants lots of free time to write … 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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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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