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Boozing and Blocking

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

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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

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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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Jane Fonda has success fighting writer’s block and Nazis in “Julia”

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

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Ritter as writer – blocked and crocked in the 1980′s

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

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Poe, Poe, pitiful Edgar wrote quite a bit

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

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“You have to write badly in order to write well.” William Faulkner

 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

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Paul Giamatti…self-loathing writer in “Sideways”

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

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