The more I write, the more I find inspiration in things. However, this time, I sat in front of the screen, my fingers perched over the keyboard...and I sighed in miserable exasperation. Nothing was coming to me.
I looked to my fellow creators for advice, and one told me to "walk away from the writing process", and so I did. I tried to take a nap. As I lay there staring at the wall, I thought to myself: writer's block sucks; I bet Stephen King doesn't have this problem. And then...poof! Inspiration.
Within the world of horror, there are a handful of beautiful writers who have had their work get them into some major trouble. If you think you've had issues overcoming writer's block, let's take a look at some of the obstacles these guys had to face when it comes to their writing...
Mort Rainey- Secret Window
In this adaptation of Stephen King's Secret Window, Secret Garden, Johnny Depp plays Mort Rainey, an author who is down and out; he's going through a divorce after his wife cheated on him, he's not writing nearly as much anymore...his only escapes from his abysmal everyday life are his writing, and his puppy, Chico.
His cabin in the woods is treating him well...until a certain creepy stalker comes knocking, claiming that Mort has plagiarized his book.
Things get really cooky when Mort realizes that people (and animals) that he holds close to him are dying. He's being framed for it. The cops are on his tail, John Shooter the creepy stalker (portrayed by John Turturro) is real serious about getting justice for "his" book, he may or may not break into his house (a few times)...
In one of the best twists I've seen in a thriller, Secret Window reminds me that writer's block is definitely the least of my problems.
Ellison Oswalt- Sinister
Oh, come on guys, you knew this one was going to be in here! For anyone that's read my past articles, you know Sinister's one of my favorite horror films of all time.
Ellison Oswalt is the epitome of a true-crime horror writer, complete with a chunky cardigan that he never takes off. He's been moving his family from house to house for research for his new novel, as his career is slowly on the decline. His 15-minutes-of-fame have ended, and he's desperately trying to pull himself out of his slump...
When he finally stations his family in the house where a brutal murder took place in the yard. (See below)
He finds some 8mm film in the attic (no big deal, right?) and all of his research takes a horrifying turn when a bunch of terrifying children (and a crazy soul-eating demon) begin to haunt him and his family. Does he finish his book?!
If anything, this one wants to make me quit writing for a while. (But the sequel is coming August 21st and I can't wait to see it!!!)
Paul Sheldon- Misery
Another (classic) Stephen King adaptation, this time of his novel Misery, tells the story of poor Paul Sheldon who gets into a major car accident on a snowy road while on his way to write a new book. Luckily for him, he's rescued by his number one fan, Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates)! Awesome, right?
Well, not exactly. Annie never exactly lets anyone know that she's found Paul, so everyone kind of assumes he's dead after finding his wrecked car without him in it. That's where the fun starts, because Annie's a little cockadoody crazy.
Everyone knows the infamous scene in Misery where Annie takes a sledgehammer to Paul's foot, right? No? Oh, here you go!
Besides our next author, I'm pretty sure Paul Sheldon's suffering is some of the worst I've ever seen. Talk about writer's block...get it? Block? Because she puts one between his feet before she breaks them? Bad joke, sorry.
Jack Torrance- The Shining
Our final author (from yet another Stephen King novel) Jack Torrance, a writer and recovering alcoholic, brings his family to the secluded Overlook Hotel so he can work as a caretaker during the off-season.
While Jack focuses on writing, his creepy son Danny has the ability to see the ghosts that haunt the hotel, leading to lots of strange happenings. Things like the elevators creating a blood flood, naked, decaying old women hugging people...
But most horrifically, the presences in the hotel begin to get to Jack, getting to his head and causing him to lose it (just a little, he may or may not try to murder his wife and son).
As one of the best horror films of all time, this one reminds me to never go to a hotel to write.
After reflecting on the horrible experiences these authors had while trying to work, I think I'll stick to having writer's block every once in a while! Between being stalked, having feet broken, getting haunted by a demon and attempting to kill their families, these guys definitely had it worse!