writer's block


Definition of writer's block

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

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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 The story follows children's author Cynthia Coppersmith (MacDowell), a newcomer to Mitford, North Carolina, who's staying at her late uncle's cottage in hopes of overcoming writer's block. Maria Carter, Country Living, "'At Home in Mitford' Star Andie MacDowell Says Small-Town Life Is About Love and Community," 7 Aug. 2017 The pressure caused writer's block for Hope, and bandmates couldn't agree on directions for new songs. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Seafair resurfaces with new violinist and new music: Live at the Cleveland Sessions," 21 Feb. 2018 Marber was crippled with a severe case of writer's block. Isobel Thompson, A-LIST, "Patrick Marber: "When I couldn’t write, I felt like a zombie.”," 21 Mar. 2017 If writer's block really existed, no one would ever graduate or pass classes. Anna Aguillard, Southern Living, "How Does Amanda Shires Balance 6 Careers?," 2 Nov. 2016 Bardem, who had been struggling with writer's block, finally completes a new poem. Patti Greco, Cosmopolitan, "The Reason Unsuspecting Jennifer Lawrence Fans Might Be Disgusted By Her New Movie," 18 Sep. 2017

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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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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