writer's block

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Based on Stephen King's terrifying novel, Jack Nicholson stars as Jack Torrance, a recovering alcoholic with writer's block who takes a job as a caretaker at the Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies during off-season. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Dec. 2022 His writer's block takes him to Florida, where he gets caught up in a crime plot with writer Susan Orleans (Meryl Streep). Juliana Ukiomogbe, ELLE, 1 Jan. 2023 In an idyllic cabin in the woods, a deaf author named Maddie is trying out new recipes, avoiding her ex-boyfriend's phone calls, and trying to combat writer's block, all while a crazed lunatic waits to strike. K. Thor Jensen, PCMAG, 20 Oct. 2022 Jack Nicholson stars as Jack Torrance, a man suffering from writer's block, who moves his family into the Overlook Hotel for the winter. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Sep. 2022 Gaiman says the story was inspired by his own struggle with writer's block while working on the comic. Christian Holub, EW.com, 20 Aug. 2022 But coming up with the perfect Instagram caption to accompany that adorable photo from your childhood playdates can oftentimes lead to an acute case of writer's block. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 13 May 2022 In GAC Family's premiere of The Winter Palace, Danica plays a romance writer named Emily who's got an unfortunate case of writer's block with a deadline to finish her book that's quickly approaching. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 8 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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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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“Writer's block.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writer%27s%20block. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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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