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“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” True for writers?

As a demonically possessed, binge-writing, axe-wielding Jack Nicholson wrote repeatedly in The Shining, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”  The last thing a writer wants to be is dull. Does a writer become dull if he or she … Continue reading

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Steve Martin’s writing block as comedy writer for the Smothers Brothers

While Steve Martin’s engaging book Born Standing Up is primarily about his incredible standup comedy career, it also gives the reader an informative glimpse into the life of a comedy writer.  In addition to being a talented goofball, Martin is also … 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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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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Easy Writer: When writing is hard, write in a herd

Counterculture Harley riders in the 60’s were social outcasts and small in numbers, so they tended to ride together. Ultimately every rider operates their hog alone, but I’m sure it was more fun and probably safer to do it in … 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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The ‘Ice Water Plunge’ Writing Block Cure

The little known, 2009 rom-com indie flic, Feed the Fish features a protagonist wrestling with a gnarly writer’s block.  He had a very good response to his first book, but has been unable to get started on the second of a nine-book contract. His … Continue reading

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