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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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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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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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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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Fear, Loathing and Writing Blocks

The bad news about fear and loathing for the writer is that these two emotional states can stop the flow of words. The good news  is that they can be transmuted into writing fuel. Hunter S. Thompson made fear and loathing … Continue reading

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Young Will has the ‘lost my muse blues”

Shakespeare in Love is another good writer’s block movie. Young Will, as played by Joseph Fiennes, starts out the movie with no inspiration, a fickle girlfriend/muse, and plenty of pressure from the theater owner who depends on Shakespeare’s plays to pay … Continue reading

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