"Couldn't think of any lyrics!
No, I never wrote the lyrics.
So I'll just sing any old lyrics.
That come to mind, child."
When someone is contractually obligated to churn out regular humorous articles, they occasionally reach an inspirational dead end. Sometimes, to deal with this, they write an article about how they can't think of anything to write.
mentions in the book collection of his articles that every humor writer is allowed one and only one of these.
Almost always a form of Self-Referential Humor
. See also Writer's Block
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- Adaptation is this in movie-form — it's a film telling the story of adapting a book into the screenplay of what eventually becomes the film you're watching.
- Fellini's 8½ is a film about making a film, when you've run out of ideas.
Live Action TV
- In the song "Boat Drinks" Jimmy Buffett sang, "I should be leaving this climate/I've got a verse but can't rhyme it."
- In "A Story Short" from The Storyteller, the eponymous storyteller is forced to tell a new story every day. On the last day, due to an outlandish series of events, he doesn't have time to think up a new story, so he tells the story of why he couldn't.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "This Song Is Just Six Words Long" is about this.
- Eminem's song "Just Lose It" has a section that goes "I don't have any lines that go here".
- Ben Folds' "One Down" is about the fact he's contractually obliged to write 3.6 more songs and he feels conflicted about "turning in a bunch of shit."
- They Might Be Giants' "Number Three" (third song on their first album) is about burning out after writing only three songs.
- FoxTrot: "This is my fourth sentence. This is my fifth sentence. This is my second paragraph..." Jason calls his essay "a running first-person account of the process of writing a nine-hundred-word essay."
- Calvin and Hobbes: Hobbes ended up writing this story for Calvin after he tried time traveling two hours into the future to retrieve his completed story, only to find it hadn't been written yet. Unfortunately for Calvin, the class loves it, but it makes him look like a laughingstock.