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Elvis made millions as a writer without writing a word. He rocked, but was he blocked?

The King was so famous that his manger, Col. Tom Parker, could demand that songwriters share songwriting credit with Elvis, even though he had nothing to do with the writing the songs. The songwriters would agree to this because they … 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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I think (positively) therefore I write. Beating blocks with tools from cognitive therapy.

David Burns wrote a self-help best seller, Feeling Good, based on principles of cognitive therapy, a psychotherapy modality pioneered by Aaron Beck and others. Much of the advice in this book is applicable to writers who are struggling. Cognitive therapy … Continue reading

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A Tom Wolfe in blocked writer’s clothing

“I now know what writer’s block is. It’s the fear you cannot do what you’ve announced to someone else you can do, or else the fear that it isn’t worth doing. That’s the rarer form.” (Tom Wolfe in an interview … Continue reading

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Norman Mailer’s writing rule: Don’t stiff your unconscious

Here’s what Norman Mailer says in his book about writing, The Spooky Art: “The rule is that if you say you are going to write tomorrow, then it doesn’t matter how badly you’re hungover or how promising is a sudden … Continue reading

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Owen Wilson wrestles with writing in Woody Allen film, “Midnight in Paris”

In Midnight in Paris, Owen Wilson portrays a screenwriter visiting Paris with his fiance and her not-fully-approving parents. He regrets the decision he made several years earlier to leave Paris and abandon his dreams of being a novelist. Now, as his … Continue reading

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