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 Red Tide is the first of two terrifying tales coming this season, with this one starring Finn Wittrock as a screenwriter who moves his family to Provincetown in an attempt to cure his writer's block. Nick Romano, EW.com, 23 Aug. 2021 In an effort to overcome writer's block, Jughead buys drugs off his ex, Jessica, and take them in his trusty bunker to write. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 10 Aug. 2021 In season 2 of this semi-autobiographical rapcom, Dave Burd (who sorta plays himself) struggles with writer's block. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 24 June 2021 Like her Disney+ character, Rodrigo said she's felt the pain of writer's block through her own career, finding strength in pushing through. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 22 June 2021 Although Nini struggles onscreen to write the song, Rodrigo had no such writer's block. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 15 May 2021 Overcome writer's block or polish your manuscript with the Novel Writing Workshop. Jennifer Signorelli, Chron, 19 May 2021 She's published two books, Metropolitan Life (1978) and Social Studies (1981), and has famously had writer's block for the past 20+ years. Sarah Adams, Town & Country, 19 Jan. 2021 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, 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of writer's block

1949, in the meaning defined above

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25 Aug 2021

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“Writer's block.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writer%27s%20block. Accessed 18 Oct. 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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