writer's block


Definition of writer's block

: a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece

Examples of writer's block in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Torrance, an author, brings his wife and son to a remote hotel in Colorado in hopes of curing his writer's block. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "17 of the Best Classic Movies to Watch This Halloween," 16 Sep. 2020 That said, many people let this particularly paralyzing writer's block prevent them from sending one at all. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "What to Write in a Sympathy Card for a Meaningful Message," 1 June 2020 Key topics include how to juggle the plot, characters, and places, as well as how to beat writer's block. NBC News, "Every writer stands to improve their writing—here's how," 14 Oct. 2019 From combating writer's block, developing each character to its full potential and understanding how to self-publish your work when you're done, there's much more to getting that story out than the will to do so. NBC News, "Creative writing takes more than passion — here's what you need to know," 8 Nov. 2019 The floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto Albemarle Street are another luxurious touch—and a surefire way to cure anyone's writer's block. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Brown's Hotel is London's Latest Social Media Magnet," 30 Apr. 2019 As anyone who has experienced writer's block will know, fretting too much about coming up with an original idea can cause creative constipation. Daniel Glaser, A-LIST, "Out of Your Mind," 1 July 2018 Meanwhile, in California, Wild wrestled her own bout of writer's block. Kat Bein, Billboard, "ODESZA & Naomi Wild Tell Real-Life Fairy Tale Behind 'Higher Ground': Watch," 12 June 2018 Humor Me: Suffering from writer's block, an acclaimed playwright is dumped by his wife and forced to move in with his father in a retirement home in this 2017 comedy. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "Steven Spielberg's 'The Post,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of writer's block

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Writer's block.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writer%27s%20block. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of writer's block

: the problem of not being able to think of something to write about or not being able to finish writing a story, poem, etc.

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Medical Definition of writer's block

: a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece of writing

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