writer's block

noun

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

Examples of writer's block in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The comedian stars as Felix, a playboy bachelor who reconnects with his daughter Laura (Rashida Jones), a successful author and mother struggling with writer's block. Robert English, EW.com, 21 Aug. 2023 Struck with writer's block after completing Boxers & Saints, Yang was inspired by his wife to build his next graphic novel on the story that was unfolding around him. Christian Holub, EW.com, 26 May 2023 Even Shakespeare suffered from writer's block, or at least that's the premise of the late '90s period romantic comedy, Shakespeare in Love. Andrew Walsh, EW.com, 14 Nov. 2023 He was documented experiencing writer's block, discussing those struggles with fellow musicians and looking back on traumatic memories to provide writing material for D-Day. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 11 Dec. 2023 The story follows Augustus, a literary fiction author, and January, a romance novelist, who are in neighboring beach houses and struggling with writer's block. 6 One True Loves Now 29% Off Ahead of her freshman year at NYU, Lenore and her family take off on a Mediterranean cruise. Town & Country, 15 July 2023 The band members talk about the journey to transcending singer Matt Berninger's initial writer's block, and the new album's collaborations with Taylor Swift and Phoebe Bridgers Matt Berninger felt paralyzed. Alex Swhear, Variety, 28 Apr. 2023 He'll be documented experiencing writer's block, discussing such hurdles with fellow musicians and looking back on traumatic memories to provide writing material for D-Day. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 17 Apr. 2023 In this ultra-scary film, writer Jack Torrance takes on a job as a caretaker for an isolated Colorado hotel, in the hopes of overcoming his writer's block. Amy Mitchell, Country Living, 10 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of writer's block was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Writer's block.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writer%27s%20block. Accessed 17 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

writer's block

noun
: a usually temporary psychological condition in which a writer is unable to proceed with a piece of writing

Medical Definition

writer's block

noun
wri·​ter's block ˈrīt-ərz- How to pronounce writer's block (audio)
: a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece of writing
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