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Tag Archives: alcohol and writing
Alcohol is a powerful sedative. Its effects vary from person to person, but when used in moderation it usually creates a relaxed sense of well-being and pleasure. Does alcohol help writers with their productivity? You might conclude that drinking must … Continue reading
The rumors of Morgan Freeman’s demise are exaggerated, but he is paralyzed in, “The Magic of Belle Isle”
Sometimes dying is a great way to overcome writing blocks, and this appears to be true for the much admired actor Morgan Freeman, who was recently survived a widespread social media death hoax. Following his resurrection, he starred in The Magic … Continue reading
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
In her role portraying Lillian Hellman in the 1977 film Julia, Jane Fonda shows us the trials and glories of the writing life. The movie opens with a good bit of footage devoted to her early career and struggles as … Continue reading
In Blake Edwards’ Skin Deep, John Ritter portrays a narcissistic, alcoholic, sex-addicted, emotionally stunted, blocked writer who repeatedly pays a heavy price for his personal failings. This might not sound like a super-funny premise, but Skin Deep is, in fact, … Continue reading
Talent comes in all types of different packages. There is no one ideal way to exist as a writer, and everyone puts their own stamp on the process. Edgar’s stamp was a tad on the grim side, but his works … Continue reading
You have to write badly in order to write well? I don’t know too much about Faulkner’s bad writing, but I guess there must have been some along the way. Hemingway thought some of Faulkner’s later work was negatively affected … Continue reading
Paul Giamatti beautifully portrays the ravages that manuscript rejection can inflict on an aspiring author in the movie Sideways. He has had a few near misses with his dark, ponderous novel – giving just enough hope to perpetuate his agony. When … Continue reading