Famous cases of writer’s block
From the Coen brothers to Stephen King
Film makers the Coen brothers were stumped by writer’s block while working on Miller’s Crossing and decided to spend three weeks “washing out their mind”. They used the time to write Bart on Fink, a story of a screen writer suffering from writer’s block.
After his prolific 20s, at32, poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote, “So completely has a whole year passed, with scarcely the fruits of a month–O Sorrow and Shame... I have done nothing! ”He spent the rest of his life enslaved by an opium addiction. The New Yorker’s Joseph Mitchell was consid-- ered one of the world’s finest non-fiction writers until the publication of his greatest piece Joe Gould’s Secret in1964. He came to the office everyday for the next 32 years without filing another word. Speaking about writer’s blockin 2006, Stephen King (below) said: “Some writers in the throes of writer’s block think their muses have died, but I don’t think that happens often; I think what happens is that the writers themselves sow the edges of their clearing with poison bait to keep their muses away, often without knowing they are doing it.”