Archive for May 7th, 2012

May 7, 2012

Conquer Writer’s Block: Watch a Movie

A good friend over at Treasure LA shared this ridiculous article with me. In it, Kathy Benjamin offers up seven film examples of how to deal with writer’s block. (Warning: Don’t try these at home. Just watch the movies.) She writes:

I couldn’t come up with an idea for today’s article. Fortunately, screenwriters have proven time and time again that it is perfectly acceptable to use writer’s block as your subject if that is the thing that finally gets you writing. So we end up with an inordinate amount of movies whose main characters just want to finish their books or screenplays. Here are the lessons to take from seven of them.

Lost_Weekend 3.jpg

The Lost Weekend (1945)

Problem: Even before finishing his writing degree at Cornell, Don Birnam was convinced he was the next Hemingway. So he dropped out of school, like you do. Eventually he realizes that he is in fact not the next big thing and hello writer’s block.

Solution: Booze. Lots and lots of booze.

read more »

May 7, 2012

Quote of the Day: Horace

You who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities and think long and hard on what your powers are equal to and what they are unable to perform.