The Blank Page

blank page

The blank page. It stares at me and I stare back, my mind blank as well, wondering how I will ever fill it. This is my greatest challenge as a writer – getting started. Sometimes a great lead comes to me and I’m off and running, words tumbling onto the page one after another. I love those times, but unfortunately they are rare. More often than not, the blank page brings out all of my insecurities. Why did I ever think of myself as a writer? Why would anyone pay me to write? I can’t do this! I’m stuck! I’ll never get this job done!
I go to my stand bys, my favorite procrastination techniques. First, I check my email. That’s kind of like work, isn’t it? Then, I check my Facebook page. Oh wonderful social media. It provides such lovely distraction. If I’m really stuck, I fold a load of laundry. At least I’m getting something done. When all else fails, I walk the dogs or make a personal phone call. These are the joys of working at home, or not working at home as the case may be.
What I really love to do is rewrite. I enjoy going over my work, inserting a word here, changing a line there. I can tweak this or that endlessly. I’ve thought of getting business cards printed with the job title of “Rewriter” rather than “Writer” or “Copywriter.” Unfortunately, I have to get something on the page before I can rework it. So, once again, I force myself to get started. If I can’t start at the beginning, I start in the middle, setting words to the page just to encourage the flow. Most often, it begins and with a sigh of relief I lose myself in my work. Other times, every word is a chore, painfully wrung from my sluggish brain.
What’s the cure for the blank page syndrome? Face my fear head on by starting a Blog!

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  • brandmarksocialmedia  On March 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    So true! Procrastination is the bane of existence for any writer. Not only does writing require great conceptual material…it requires an inordinate amount of focus and self-motivation. Can’t wait to see your blog unfold!

  • Lauri Aibel  On April 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I am currently translating a book that was originally written in Japanese, translated to Chinese, then to English and now to my role in all of this – translating it into readable English. I suppose this post illustrates your point about finding diversion on Facebook!

  • Tami Elby  On April 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I love your sense of humor in your writing style. I have never sent any important document off with out running it past you first, which shows how much I respect your flair.
    As a writer you are my favorite. I am so glad you are blogging, so everyone can now see your talent. I can not believe that you and Stu have the spelling thing in common–too funny!

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