BLANK PAGE OF DEATH

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Submitted Date 06/25/2019
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I love to write. Sometimes, when I'm motivated enough, I can easily write a few thousand words down without a break. I love that feeling. The sense of accomplishment, even if it's not perfect, knowing you got the ideas in your head down.

Sadly, lately it seems I have the exact opposite issue. I have ideas. I see them in my head but the minute I open up Word to write everything down; I just stare. The white blank page on my screen. I sometimes feel like it's taunting me. I try to type and nothing comes out. Or even worse, what comes out I don't like so I end up deleting it.

I know this is a problem for a lot of writers. To me it's almost worse than writers block since I actually do want to write and have ideas; but cannot transfer them.

So, to help others in this situation I've come up with a few helpful tips that I use to get me past that blasted blank page.

 

1) Don't start at the beginning.

If you have an idea for a story, write whatever is fresh in your head. It doesn't have to the the very first word of the first page. One of the novels I wrote a few years back, I wrote out of order. I had an outline of what would happen when but some of the ideas would just hit me. So instead of being linear, I wrote whatever part of the book I was inspired to at that moment. Then I just bridged the gaps in between.

For me, that's the best way of getting passed a blank page. Whatever idea you have, write it. Which goes into another tip;

2) Don't stop to edit.

I know it's hard! Aside from fixing spelling mistakes, I try to not edit while I'm writing since if I do I normally get side tracked by all the issues that need fixing and loose my writing mojo. So if you can, just write. You can always fix it at another time.

3) Get out of your comfort zone.

I did this not to long ago by accepting a freelance writing job that was totally out of my comfort zone. Amazingly, having a new genre to learn and write sparked my creative juices.

 

4) Don't beat yourself up if you're still having problems.

This is probably the hardest thing since we all want to feel accomplishment in our writing.

Write something even if it's only a few words or paragraphs. Setting a word count goal or a timer. I find that an actual word goal is better since with a regular timer it's possible to get distracted but either works fine.

5) Join a writing group for ideas.

I belong to one and it's fun to toss around ideas and simply chat with other writers about their projects and find out what issues they have to deal with. It's a great hub for getting motivated or venting.

If anyone has more please add them in the comments. I hope my list helps a few people!

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  • JSans 1 year, 4 months ago

    I've been in this state for quite some time now. This little piece of yours is what I've been looking for. Much thanks! Now, on to conquer that blank page...

  • Kiersten Felch 1 year, 3 months ago

    I find that forcing myself to write something, even if it's dumb, is better than nothing at all.

  • Rick Doble 1 year, 1 month ago

    Hemmingway said something like never finish a chapter, stop writing when you know what you are going to say next. So when you come back to it you know where to start again.