November 5, 2014 | In: 2014, Insecure Writer's Support Group, National Novel Writing Month, Writing

The Dreaded Blank Page

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, and that means one thing: my first time jumping in to the Insecure Writers Support Group blogring!

IWSG is, quoting the site, “To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!”

And for me, it’s the Blank Page. I’m not alone in having that problem, but I can go from feeling super creative when I’m not able to write (showering, traveling, working, or anything like that) to a complete blank as soon as I have the paper and pen (or pencil) in front of me. Hell, it’s even the reason that I am having a late start with my National Novel Writing Month attempt for this year…. Well, that, and dealing with crab at work.

I’ve always struggled with the blank page. Forcing creativity when I have that Blank Page stall always feels fake, and I usually end up hating what I’m writing before it’s even done. Right now, off to my side, is a notebook that I bought specifically for NaNoWriMo. I’m going to take some NaNo advice and just WRITE. If you, like me, have Blank Page Stall… GRAB THE PEN (or pencil, or laptop, whatever) AND WRITE. Or give me a better solution to dealing with this problem.

1 Response to The Dreaded Blank Page


Angela Wooldridge

November 6th, 2014 at 04:22

That’s it – you’ve got it, just write, it doesn’t matter what, it doesn’t matter of it’s crap, just set a timer for 10 minutes and write something… anything. (Good luck!)

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