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* Once on ''Series/LateNight with Creator/DavidLetterman'', a viewer letter challenged David to say something nice about his nemesis {{Music/Cher}}. After a writer's block montage (complete with coffee cup, overflowing ashtray, and a long stare out the set's fake skyline window), he came up with: "Cher has never robbed a convenience store." (Only for bandleader Paul Shaffer to hold up the day's ''New York Post'' with the headline "Cher knocks over midtown 7-11".)


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* At the beginning of ''ThrowMommaFromTheTrain'', Larry just can't come up with the right word to complete the first sentence of his new novel. He struggles even harder with it after seeing his book-thieving ex-wife on ''The Oprah Winfrey Show''.

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* At the beginning of ''ThrowMommaFromTheTrain'', ''Film/ThrowMommaFromTheTrain'', Larry just can't come up with the right word to complete the first sentence of his new novel. He struggles even harder with it after seeing his book-thieving ex-wife on ''The Oprah Winfrey Show''.


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* One alternate-universe [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] had writer's block while writing a novel. Frustrated, he picks up the typewriter, crumples it into a ball, and hurls it through the wall of his lunar Fortress of Solitude. It smacks into a hillside miles away, which is shown to be pockmarked with craters, each containing a crumpled typewriter...

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* One alternate-universe [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] had writer's block while writing a novel. Frustrated, he picks up the typewriter, crumples it into a ball, and hurls it through the wall of his lunar Fortress of Solitude. It smacks into a hillside miles away, which is shown to be pockmarked with craters, each containing a crumpled typewriter...

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[[MostWritersAreWriters When a character is a writer]] and [[WritersBlock his creative efforts are stalled]], his torment is invariably displayed as a montage. The sequence inevitably includes shots of ashtrays slowly filling to overflowing, bottles of booze (or pots of coffee) slowly emptying, a ticking clock, typewritten letters appearing one at a time to form words on a page, and a series of shots of the author at his typewriter: putting in a fresh sheet of paper, typing, pulling out the sheet to crumple it up and throw it away with a disgusted look, and shots of the trashcan overflowing more and more. Other possible shots include his worried agent or publisher, everyone in the house knocking on the door one at a time wondering if he's still alive, the writer sitting in various positions on his chair, and the despairing creator punching a hole in the wall. See also WastebasketBall.

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[[MostWritersAreWriters When a character is a writer]] and [[WritersBlock his creative efforts are stalled]], his torment is invariably displayed as a montage. The sequence inevitably includes shots of ashtrays slowly filling to overflowing, bottles of booze (or pots of coffee) slowly emptying, a ticking clock, typewritten letters appearing one at a time to form words on a page, and a series of shots of the author at his typewriter: putting in a fresh sheet of paper, typing, pulling out the sheet to [[PaperDestructionOfAnger crumple it up and throw it away with a disgusted look, look]], and shots of the trashcan overflowing more and more. Other possible shots include his worried agent or publisher, everyone in the house knocking on the door one at a time wondering if he's still alive, the writer sitting in various positions on his chair, and the despairing creator punching a hole in the wall. See also WastebasketBall.


[[MostWritersAreWriters When a character is a writer]] and [[WritersBlock his creative efforts are stalled]], his torment is invariably displayed as a montage. The sequence inevitably includes shots of ashtrays slowly filling to overflowing, bottles of booze (or pots of coffee) slowly emptying, a ticking clock, typewritten letters appearing one at a time to form words on a page, and a series of shots of the author at his typewriter: putting in a fresh sheet of paper, typing, pulling out the sheet to crumple it up and throw it away with a disgusted look, and shots of the trashcan overflowing more and more. Other possible shots include: his worried agent or publisher, everyone in the house knocking on the door one at a time wondering if he's still alive, the writer sitting in various positions on his chair, and the despairing creator punching a hole in the wall. See also WastebasketBall.

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[[MostWritersAreWriters When a character is a writer]] and [[WritersBlock his creative efforts are stalled]], his torment is invariably displayed as a montage. The sequence inevitably includes shots of ashtrays slowly filling to overflowing, bottles of booze (or pots of coffee) slowly emptying, a ticking clock, typewritten letters appearing one at a time to form words on a page, and a series of shots of the author at his typewriter: putting in a fresh sheet of paper, typing, pulling out the sheet to crumple it up and throw it away with a disgusted look, and shots of the trashcan overflowing more and more. Other possible shots include: include his worried agent or publisher, everyone in the house knocking on the door one at a time wondering if he's still alive, the writer sitting in various positions on his chair, and the despairing creator punching a hole in the wall. See also WastebasketBall.


* ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'' plays with this trope. Our first shot of Will sees him busily and confidently scribbling away, and we cut to his paper to see that he's just [[HistoricalInJoke trying out different signatures over and over.]] However, he ''does'' crumple up a sheet of parchment and toss it away moodily - only for it to land next to a very {{Hamlet}}-esque skull.

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* ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'' plays with this trope. Our first shot of Will sees him busily and confidently scribbling away, and we cut to his paper to see that he's just [[HistoricalInJoke trying out different signatures over and over.]] However, he ''does'' crumple up a sheet of parchment and toss it away moodily - only for it to land next to a very {{Hamlet}}-esque Theatre/{{Hamlet}}-esque skull.



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* ''Film/SetItUp'' gives Harper one as she struggles to finish her piece on the geriatric athletes. She lounges around the apartment and repeatedly looks frustrated at her laptop until her best friend arrives to give her a pep talk.



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* ''Creator/KabaretHrabi'' has a sketch in the „Hrabi Dracula” programme that plays this trope for maximum silliness with the writer's (mis)creations coming to life and acting out his feeble plot with all the asides he goes into. Also, {{pun}}s. {{Visual Pun}}s.

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* ''Radio/BleakExpectations:'' The second-to-last episode has Pip Bin get into a "novel-off" with Charles Dickens, wherein the two have to stay in a hotel for a year writing a novel. Pip spends most of that year drinking coffee, staring out the window, drinking more coffee, reading through the entire dictionary, drinking some more coffee... by year's end he hasn't actually written anything.

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* It's not really a ''montage,'' per se, but ''[[SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]'' shows an 18th-century version of the process with Jefferson's inability to write the first draft of the Declaration of Independence -- right down to the discarded blank sheet.

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* It's not really a ''montage,'' per se, but ''[[SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]'' ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'' shows an 18th-century version of the process with Jefferson's inability to write the first draft of the Declaration of Independence -- right down to the discarded blank sheet.


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SisterTrope to HowIWroteThisArticleArticle, when the finished piece of writing is about the experience of writer's block.


* [[IrregularWebcomic Writer's]] [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/374.html block]].
** [[JustForPun At least it's]] [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/376.html something he can build on]].

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* [[IrregularWebcomic Writer's]] ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' gives us [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/374.html block]].
** [[JustForPun At least it's]]
writer's block]]: a ({{Franchise/LEGO}}) block that belongs to a writer. [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/376.html At least]] it's something [[JustForPun he can build on]].



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* At the beginning of ''ThrowMommaFromTheTrain'', Larry just can't come up with the right word to complete the first sentence of his new novel. He struggles even harder with it after seeing his book-thieving ex-wife on ''The Oprah Winfrey Show''.
--> "'The night was', 'the night was'! 'The night....' 'The night was dry, yet it was raining.' (scoffs) 'The....the...the streets were wet....but the night....was as bright....as the earrings in Margaret Donner's ears!' My God! I'M GOIN' OUTTA MY MIND!!"

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