Why is a blank page so frighting?  Is it the fact that the entire universe is held with in that empty space and I'm fearful of not doing it justice or am I finding excuses? So I sit here with a million thoughts and a whole stack of blank pages and nothing seems right.  Why is that?

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Comment by Amanda Hewitt on September 29, 2011 at 4:41am

Great question :D now if only I knew the answer I could probably write a book about it and make a fortune! :/


I spent a lot of time staring at a blinking cursor, knowing what I wanted but seemingly unable to get anything out of my head and onto paper. There was too much interference - I'd be wanting to write the beginning of the first chapter and there, right at the back of my head was a voice saying "Ooh, ooh, you know in the second act, right, you could have, get this, a biiiig explosion, like BOOM! in the factory - uh, huh... or, oh my gods, what about the vat splitting and drenching them all in acid... quick write it down NOW... BOOM!!!..." and so on.


So I started to outline - I wasn't thinking about the technical stuff, just kind of what I wanted to happen in my story... I found that it freed me to spew out all the ideas that were whirring in my head, competing for attention, screaming to be written. 


Not everything will be included but each idea feels like it's had my special attention and now my mind is quieter I have started to work on the actual writing. Oh and I now have a map...

Comment by May Water on September 29, 2011 at 7:50am
A blank page is a gift. It has infinite potential. If you remind yourself that it's the creative source of the Universe and  not actually YOU that's writing it might take the pressure off. We are simply conduits of that creative power.
Comment by D. L. Major on October 3, 2011 at 9:30am
I agree with May. Consider the poet Charles Olson's Projectivist idea of the page being the field, the container of the flow of energy from the subject to the author, and then to the reader ... it is in reality, and not just symbolically, a potent thing, and what is on the page has real existence, which is why poetry can give you the shivers when the words are strung together in the right order...
Comment by May Water on October 8, 2011 at 11:14pm
Agreed D.L. It's all in the energy baby.


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